Loren wrote:Of course I wasn't there, so please don't take this as a specific criticism. I just want to make an observation for others reading this...
Uphill, downhill, blind corners, whatever - we need to be in control of our bikes and able to stop within the clear distance ahead at all times. This is an essential survival skill at places like Copper Harbor where most trails are bi-directional and you'll encounter people slowly climbing up the Flow at the same time you're railing the berms and soaring off the jumps at 20+ mph on your way down. It's still important down here. Around the corner there might be someone fixing a flat, a down tree, a trail runner, a deer, or even someone doing trailwork.
A hiker or runner is a lot more nimble and in general it's a lot easier for them to step aside when meeting a bike during a surprise encounter. That's what usually happens, but we shouldn't expect it. We need to be in control of our bikes, and everyone should do what they can to avoid a collision.
I totally agree with this sentiment, but it also needs to be considered that this is the "ideal" scenario. Unfortunately, there are just some trail segments - downhills, blind corners, loose gravel/sand sections - that just make this impossible, no matter how cautious or in-control you are of your bike. Unfortunately physics prevail.
We, as the faster traveling trail users do indeed need to have a heightened awareness of what is/may lie ahead on the trail, but this also goes for other trail users. If you're jogging/hiking on a mountainbike trail (which is totally okay), you should also have a heightened awareness that someone may be moving faster than you are on the trail and approaching you at a rapid pace, and be ready to spring into action.
I've not had any issues with other trail users at Maybury (I ride there a lot since it's a couple of miles from my house), but I can see how collisions or near-collisions can occur. There are many blind corners, steep little ups-and-downs, and some loose soil on the trail (which of course makes it fun to ride!) that add to the challenge of maintaining perfect control of your bike at every moment, even if you keep speed in check.
Maybury is one of the few places in the area that actually has separate trail systems for each user (mtb, hike, equestrian), so I don't understand why someone would choose to run/hike the mtb trail. But if they do, they share in the responsibility of keeping a heads-up for other trail users and moving aside when a collision may be eminent. Although we technically need to yield to all other users, the responsibility to use the trail safely is a shared responsibility.
That being said, Maybury is truly one of the gems of the metro area, so go ride it and enjoy!!