Spring has sprung and everyone is emerging from their cocoons. We have all been cooped up more than usual this winter and we are eager to get outside. This is good news! However, It seems as though many runners and cyclists have forgotten the basic rules of safety and courtesy. As a runner and a cyclist, I believe I can be objective here and offer a few reminders to everyone. I’ve written about this in the past but it seems as though a refresher is necessary. It is possible for runners and cyclists to co-exist if we all follow a few basic rules. Here’s a refresher.
Runners, cyclists, walkers, and dog walkers yes we can all get along if we all follow a few basic rules of the road and simple etiquette. On National Park Week and Earth Day, it seems the perfect time to revisit a few rules of the road and common courtesy.
Rules for Runners
-Stay to the right of the trail.
-Do not run more than 2 abreast so that cyclists have space to pass you.
-Be aware of your surroundings. For your own safety, make sure you can hear cyclists passing you if you wear headphones.
-If you do hear a cyclist approaching, move farther to the right to allow the cyclists to easily pass.
-If you run with your dogs, keep them on your right and out of the way of passing cyclists.
-Thank cyclists for alerting you of their passing with a hand wave or simple thanks. Positive reinforcement is always good.
Tips For Cyclists
-Yell out to alert runners that you are approaching so that they have adequate time to move to the right. A simple “on your left” or “bike passing” is much appreciated.
-When riding with other cyclists, stay single file if pedestrians are in sight.
-Slow down while passing runners and pedestrians. Yield to pedestrians.
-Be aware of and obey speed restrictions on multi-use trails.
-As a cyclist, you are obligated to obey traffic laws. This includes fully stopping at stop signs.
With a little attention and courtesy from both runners and cyclists, we can all safely and happily co-exist out on the trails. Happy miles and enjoy the great outdoors this spring and summer.
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