Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cove Beach Marking: Driving Grown Men Insane

Well of course a 43 year old rollerblader attacked a man and his 4 year old son on a trike! Have YOU ever tried to decipher the markings of the track and path at Cove Beach?

From the Advocate: Shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, Karamon was skating down the path when he allegedly shouted and cursed at the father that his four-year-old son on a tricycle was in a designated area for in-line skaters, Cooney said.
"Mr. Karamon's contention is that the four-year-old was on the wrong side of the path," Cooney said. "But the path is for use by everybody and we can't have Rollerbladers or anybody cursing out people."
A short while later Karamon was approaching the family again and collided with the father who shielded his four- and two-year-old sons, Cooney said.

Well then, what DO those signs on the round track mean when they show a bike and a skate on the inner loop? Doesn't that mean "this track is for fast people, slow traffic stay out of the way?" Although I won't attack your kid over it, I always thought that slow traffic was supposed to stay on the outside.

I blame the annoying signage for this incident. It really does give the impression that walkers and slow things should be in one lane to let fast bikers and bladers pass by in the other. The problem is that Cove gives the impression that it can be used by really fast people on wheels, when, evidently according to this article, there are NO safety measures to ensure that 4 year olds on trikes don't get run down by testosterone-raging middle aged male rollerbladers.

Stamford Parks and Rec, this is your fault!

(And, that guy obviously LOST HIS POOPIE.)

My baby's shrieking, gotta run! We both have a cold and are hating life right now.


Anonymous said...

They oughta outlaw those roller bladers with their funny hair and their tricks all jumping up on the park benches cursing and running normal folk off the path!

Anonymous said...

This is very topical and I'm in full agreement. The town of stamford treats signage as an occasional hobby, not the critical public service it is. This is one responsibility of the parks & roads dept that should be turned over to Stamford Police/Public safety.

Anonymous said...

I've been cursed out by a crazy roller blader there as well with my Stroller Strides class- I can certainly understand the need for designated areas for fast and slower sports, but give me a break!!!

patty said...

Regardless of signage, don't we all have a responsibility to conduct ourselves with civility? Insane rollerblader man missed an opportunity to be gracious. Not to mention human.

Anonymous said...

word up

Anonymous said...

I call BS. A grown man who is rollerblading can avoid a 4yo on a bike. Period, end of story. This is no one's fault but Karamon's own, and I hope he has some punishment coming his way.

Anonymous said...

personally I find rollerblading lame. The spandex shorts don't help any either.

Anonymous said...

I heard from some folks who were at the park that the "dad" was an off duty cop. They think he stepped in front of the skater and threw him down when he came around the 2nd time. If that is the case this guy should be charged with endangering his own children instead of moving them out of harms way. Not to condone skater guy loosing his cool but who knows what really happened.