Early this morning, (7.50) I decided to do a quick 30 minute walk with 4 of the girls all on leads and perfectly behaved at heel. It was the first time that I had done this since I retired 5 / 6 years ago and the first time Dainty, (now 16 months of age) had ever walked along beside the busy dual carriage way, this was a new experience for her and I think one of the others too "Sprinkle". We were well away from the main road walking along an old piece of sunken road, this was the original road before the dual carriage way was constructed, it is now a pedestrian right of way /footpath and cycle track. We were walking along a fairly narrow area with high nettles one side and over hanging black thorn bushes on the other. Suddenly a bicycle rushed past us scaring both Dainty and Sprinkle, who in their panic almost knocked me over! I shouted at the cyclist "Asshole", he replied that he had rung his bell but I had taken no notice!! Strange that neither myself or any of the dogs heard him coming! He answered me so he must have a tongue in his head, (he could have called out "excuse me"). What a rude person and such a dangerous thing to do, it is no wonder that cyclists have such a bad reputation During our quick walk 3 other cyclists had passed us going in different directions, and all had acknowledged that I had pulled the dogs in close or gave a nice wide birth when passing, (one had actually gone onto the main road to give us good space) Thank you. Why do cyclists think they own these dual purpose tracks, after all they were pedestrian footpaths long before they were nominated to be cycle tracks! Sorry about my long rant but I am furious. Dainty and Sprinkle are, but just a bit shaken.