So Seymour was bustling today. Did a great loop with my wife that involved a little traversing on bridle path. As usual for a holiday, it was super busy. Gotta say, a large proportion of the mountain bikers we passed were real dicks. Didn't move over, didn't slow down, didn't say anything, didn't even smile or nod.
As I have a couple of homes I ride a lot on Northern Vancouver Island a lot. I'm not saying they are all the friendliest lot in the world over there but they slow down when going by you the other direction and will often acknowledge you as more than an obstacle on their Strava route.
It's one thing for bikers going by bikers, but I really feel for the hikers and runners. I find they universally stop and get completely off the trail when I go past, which means they have probably got used to a$$hole mountain bikers passing them within an inch of their personal space at high speed. It's a sad commentary on our mountain bike culture. Perhaps those who read this could try a smile or nod? Maybe stop and put a foot down to wait for a rider climbing the trail you are about to go down? If you are really motivated, let people you go past know how many are in your group? If we all put in a little effort, it will make the very busy North Shore more civil.