Not only does spring bring gorgeous weather, it also brings everyone out in droves to the trails and paths. It’s wonderful that so many people want to be out there enjoying sunshine however I have seen some crazy and dangerous behavior on the trail between runners and cyclists. Because I enjoy both cycling and running, I can certainly see both perspectives. I know that we can all safely get along if we follow a few easy tips. I’ve written about this a few times before here but it’s always a great reminder. Safety first!
Runners & Cyclists Can Co-Exist Safely
Stay to the right
When running on a multi use trail, try to stay to the right so that cyclists can easily pass you. Please avoid running 3 and 4 abreast. When cycling in a group, on a trail, ride single file to share the road with runners and walkers.
If you are running with headphones in, it is pretty hard to hear approaching bikers. Please make sure you can hear what is going on around you.
Cyclists please give adequate warning when passing runners and walkers so that they can move right. Shout out something like, “bike passing on your left”. I also like to let runners know that “3 bikes are passing” so that they stay alert to all riders.
Little Ones and Dogs
Nothing scares me more as a cyclists than little people out there on their bikes or skates. Keeping children to the right of you on the trail keeps them safer and keeps other cyclists safer. I’ve noticed kids can get confused with left and right which has caused some near misses for me. I now shout out something like, “stay where you are I am passing you”.
Please keep leashed animals in control. Most trails have leash laws that are they for everyone’s safety. I have almost been knocked off of my bike by big dogs or pet owners not paying attention to oncoming cyclists.
Obey the laws
As a cyclist, you are expected to obey the traffic signs. That means stopping at stop signs and not assuming that cars will automatically stop for you. It’s definitely fun to ride super fast out there, but riding on a multi use trail means that sometimes you have to slow down or stop completely for pedestrians.
My friend Coco has some great tips on this subject as well here
Nothing annoys me more out there than aggressive and rude cyclists! What annoys you most out on the trail? Any tips to add here?
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