A little while later, I saw a guy on a trike riding along side his dog. The dog was on an extendable leash and when the dog wanted to chase people he would let the leash go to its fullest extent. The dog nipped at people and scared the tar out of a toddler - and the guy insisted that his mutt had the "right to be there -deal with him." the father of the scared toddler finally looked at him and said 'If that dog comes anywhere near my kids again, I *will* deal with both of you." and picked his kid up - took her bike and left this exchange was so loud and the area so quiet I could hear the entire exchange for about 1/4 mile or so....the guy with the dog, was left insisting his dog "has rights,too."
somehow, I think that dog is going to be in serious trouble one day with an owner who won't control it.
We rescued Honey Girl, a 2 y.o. 13# terrier-dachshund, two months ago. We must walk on the shared path to get to the dog park. Bicycles, skateboards, strollers, and pedestrians all share this path. If a bike is coming at me, I'll make sure I am all the way to the right and have Honey Girl walk behind me instead of at my left heel. Unless they use a bell, I can't hear a bike coming up behind me, so I might have Honey Girl on a loose lead and we are probably taking up more than half the path (no center line). In just a few weeks, Honey Girl figured the "bike passing" routine and, since she can hear better than I can, she'll move ahead or behind me when she knows a bike is going to pass us from behind. A much more useful trick than "shake hands." She's such a smart girl.
The path isn't always busy; Sometimes we can get from the parking lot to the bark park without being passed at all, so I don't want to keep her on a short lead if it isn't necessary. OTOH, I don't want to be a path hog or be perceived as a SS.