Some clever individual neatly carved the word “No” out of a sign, just installed May 12, at the bottom of the incline. The sign had read “No dogs allowed.”
So now you’ve gone from being just a scofflaw to being a vandal.
You’ve lost any respect or credibility you might have had as a responsible dog owner.
It’s probably fair to assume that your canine is better behaved than you and you aren't making a good case for those who would like to continue using the Incline with their dogs.
While there are some of us who likely bridle at rules of any sort it’s important to remember something. That is, ignoring or flaunting ruled and regulations usually begets more stringent rules and regulations. This is not a threat by any means. It is simply a reality. Like it or not, the Incline has become immensely popular. That popularity is likely to increase as a result of a major article in the August issue of Runner’s World magazine and a recent feature piece on ESPN. There are a number of ways to react to this increased popularity. We can rue the good old days and wish for the number of Incline users to diminish, i.e. “just go away people.” We can resignedly trundle off to find less crowded spots for our workouts. We can embrace this increased popularity and use it as a way to educate people about the value of our natural resources, the necessity for preserving them for the enjoyment of present and future users and for soliciting support both financial and the sweat equity deposited through volunteer efforts to repair and maintain the Incline.
Throughout our lives we’ve all experienced favorite spots that became “too popular” because what they offered was just too appealing. Some things can’t be kept secret forever. That increased popularity carries the burden of more responsibility on the part of the users. It’s important to remember that these rules were not established to punish anyone. It’s all part of a process that requires securing the cooperation and assent of all parties involved, in order to make the use of the Incline legal. Legalization is not a mere formality. It will, hopefully, open the door to acquiring large donations and grant monies that can be used to improve the Incline and make it a viable resource for many years to come.
So many people benefit from the physical conditioning and healthy outdoor experience the Incline provides. The payback for all users can be enormous in terms of health and well-being. Taken in that light, asking people to observe a few simple rules is asking but a few concessions. We would all do well to remember this before actiing out of anger and spite. Petulance is a childish quality.