There's a real nice walking trail near my home in San Jose, called the Los Gatos Creek Trail. It covers several miles of undeveloped landspace owned and managed by our county and the our county's water district. The trail is for bicyclists, joggers, walkers, dog walkers(leashed dogs), and winds along creek and percolation pond areas. It's a wonderful place to walk and just let your mind get off the stresses of life, while enjoying some local wildlife, such as geese, ducks, egrets, Herons, fishing, squirrels, and lots of wild trees and bushes. Anyway, the are specific rules that bicyclists must not exceed 15 miles per hour on the asphault paved trail. The trail has a center-line that basically divides the trial for people going in both directions. Everyone stays on the right unless passing slower folks. My nice relaxing walks, or my more agressive cardio walks are constantly punctuated by rude bicyclists that use the trail as a Lance Armstrong proving ground. These cyclists usually are garbed in skin tight racing suits, that looking like decaled Nascar racers. They all wear bullet shaped helmets, and have very dark streamlined sunglasses. These folks will come from behind those that are walking and pass them at speeds nearing residential street, automobile speeds. In most cases, you don't hear them coming until they pass you as your walking, and they barely miss slamming their handle bars or jagged metal petals into you. They never ring a bell, or say, "coming on your left!", or any other polite gesture. I've practically felt my heart jump as I've had these folks pass me unexpectedly. They all look like your typical Yuppie or Gen X up and comer. Some will have a brief case hanging on their bike, and most likely use this trail as a means to commute to work. Anyway, I've been a biker myself in the past, and I always applied courtesy when riding on trails where folks hike on foot. I talked to a ranger one day, and he said that these bikers were a problem. I hope I'm not being nit-picky, but some how I thought that the rudeness of the road that is so apparent on the freeways of the S.F. bay area where I live, wouldn't be able to invade my walking/nature trail. These folks, in the name of excercise or wanting to be Lance Armstrong wannabees..........are very rude folks. It seems that rudeness is just rampant in society. It's reflected in so many more things too. There isn't a day, that I don't see atleast one red-light runner. When I cross a street and use a pedestrian crossing, the California DMV says that I have the right-of-way in that cross-walk(of course I must use safety and common sense, and not impede traffic if possible), but many drivers will make turns right across the pedestrian crossing in front of me as I'm crossing. Drivers are supposed to yield and wait until a pedestrian crosses, but most don't even hesitate to ignore that law. People just seem to be so self-absorbed in there own thing, and fail to look out for others. We have become such a selfish generation............it's very sad indeed. Common courtesy on the road while driving is nearly extinct. Letting people in who have their turn signal on and want to make a lane change is non-existent. Tail-gating is absolutely Pandemic on San Francisco Bay Area freeways! 3 ton SUV/pick-up drivers tailgate people driving 2,500 lb. cars with impunity. People just don't think about anyone else but themselves. I guess I could vent on and on.............I'm just tired of the old "me, myself, and I" attitude becoming so dominate in society. It's ugly, it's evil, it's practically anarchic. It rejects authority.........it's just bad.