Trail User Etiquette

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 horses, or bicycles, 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:

Rules of the Trail - Guidelines for Multi-Use Non-Motorized Trails & Paths

  • Keep Right: Ride/Skate/Walk as far to the right as practical, except when passing another user going your direction (pass on the left). Control your speed, slow down and use caution when approaching or overtaking other trails or pathways users.
  • Be Predictable: Travel in a consistent and predictable manner. Always look behind before changing positions on the trail or path.
  • Don't Block the Trail or Path: Ride/Skate/Walk single file when other users are present. Use no more than half the trail or path so as not to block the flow of other users. When stopping, move off the trail or path.
  • Obey Traffic Signs and Signals: Use extra caution where trail or path crosses streets, driveways, or other trails and paths.
  • Be Courteous: Before passing, be courteous and announce your intentions by saying "passing on your left" or ringing a bell. All users, including bicyclists, joggers, walkers, wheelchairs, skateboarders, bladers and skaters, should be respectful of other users regardless of their mode, speed, or skill level.
  • Be Respectful of Private Property: Trails and paths may be open to the public, but often the adjacent land is private property. Please respect all property rights.

Rules of the Trail for Mountain Bicyclists

  • Ride on Open Trails Only: Respect closures including seasonal or short-term closures, avoid trespassing, and obtain permission as required.
  • Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the area, stay on existing trails, and pack out what you take in.
  • Control Your Bicycle: Pay attention! Anticipate problems. Keep your speed under control. Be prepared to stop.
  • Bicyclists Always Yield: Make your approach known. Be courteous. Always yield to other non-motorized users.
  • Never Spook Animals: Animals startle easily and can cause a dangerous situation for you and others.
  • Plan Ahead: Know your equipment and ability, carry gear for changing weather conditions.