As linear activities on trails, paths, and roads become more popular, congestion and resulting user conflicts can create potentially hazardous situations.
Regardless of whether you are hiking, walking, jogging, skating, or riding a bicycle, if you follow the same set of rules as everyone else, your trip will be safer and more enjoyable.
Help make trails, paths, and roads safe and enjoyable for everyone by following these guidelines:
- Be Courteous: Before passing, be courteous and announce your intentions by saying, “passing on your left” or ringing a bell.
- Be Respectful of Private Property: Trails are open to the public, but often the adjacent land is private property. Please respect all property rights.
- Dogs: Dogs are required to be on a leash (preferably short). No matter how well-behaved your dog is, all it takes is one little distraction to send your dog across the path and into trouble. Make sure your dog is under control and not jumping at bikers and other trail users. Long leashes can be problematic when owners and/or dogs get tangled. Lastly, don’t forget to clean up after your pet.
- Don’t Block the Trail: Ride / skate / walk single file when other users are present. Use no more than half the trail so as not to block the flow of other users. When stopping, move off the trail.
- Keep Right: Ride / skate / walk as far to the right as practical, except when passing another user (pass on the left). Control your speed, slow down, and use caution when approaching or overtaking other users.
- Obey Traffic Signs and Signals: Use extra caution when trails cross streets, driveways, or other trails.