More properly "Multi Use Trails: How to get along and not get the stink eye from strangers".
This is a little game I've been playing for my own safety and sometimes amusement these past 20 some years of daily bicycle commuting. The game is to find ways to herd walkers, runners, baby strollers, "IPOD Clone Silent Army" and others who share the MUT.
The one thing I want to accomplish, with my silly little game, is to get people to acknowledge me in any way shape or form. What this accomplishes is to convey their intentions eg "I'm hear you and promise not to hook a crazy Ivan" or "thanks pass me on this side" you get the idea.
I'm laughing while typing this because it ain't really a life or death situation, if I get nothing back I'll slow down and make it safe and than it's me giving these chuckleheads the stink eye ;)
Why am I sharing this? Because I have reached the end game and I freaking dare you to have the nerve to try this. Double dog dare you.
Try singing in your best Crusty the Clown impersonating Pavaroti. Sing to them what is happening and what you want them to do like this for example: Hi Ho Walker I'm passing you on your left hand side so please hold still thank you OR Here comes a crazy bicycle rider just keep walking OR Good morning little IPOD I'm riding a bicycle past your left side I know you can't hear me but you'll see my lips moving in song and laugh maybe.
There you have it. This is the end and this is the one method that works nearly 100% of the time....it is just so d@mn embarrassing.