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Raleigh Weekday Outdoor Activity Group Message Board › Greenway cycling etiquette

Greenway cycling etiquette

Sophie
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Garner, NC
Post #: 139
Shared-Use Path Etiquette & Safety
Below is a list of the general rules of etiquette and other safety tips to consider when using a greenway or other shared-use path. The golden rule is to share the facility with other possible users, including cyclists, walkers, joggers, parents with strollers, people with dogs, skateboarders, roller skaters, and even horseback riders.

Share the Trail: Shared-use paths are exactly that – paths intended for multiple users. This could lead to potential conflicts among the users, especially on popular trails or in congested areas. Regardless of whether you are bicycling, walking, jogging, or skating, if you follow the same set of rules as everyone else your trip will be safer and more enjoyable.
Be Courteous: All trail users should respect other users on the facility regardless of their mode, speed or level of skill.
Keep Right: Stay as near to the right side of the trail as is safe, except when passing another user.
Be Predictable: Travel in a consistent and predictable manner. Always look behind before changing position on the trail. Bicyclists, skaters and skateboarders should approach pedestrians with caution and slow down when there is limited vision.
Don’t Block the Trail: When in a group, use no more than half the trail, so as not to block the flow of other users.
Yield to slower traffic: Bicyclists, skaters and skateboarders must always yield right of way to pedestrians.
Yield When Entering and Crossing Trails: When entering or crossing a trail at uncontrolled points, yield to traffic on the trail.
Give Audible Signal When Passing: Give a clear warning signal before passing. Signal may be produced by voice, bell, or horn. A typical bicyclist may yell, “On your left” before passing.
Pass On the Left: Pass others going in your direction on their left. Look ahead and back to make sure the lane is clear before you pull out. Pass with ample separation. Do not move back to the right until safely past.
Don’t Speed: Bicyclists will typically be the fastest traffic on a trail. If your speed endangers other trail users, check for alternative routes or consider riding on the road - Selecting the appropriate location for your ride is safer and more enjoyable for all concerned.
Be Safe: Because off-road paths may be somewhat secluded, it’s good to consider traveling with a companion and only using them in daylight hours.
Wear a Helmet: By law, children under 16 must wear a bike helmet when on any public road or path, including greenways. It’s also smart for adults to wear them, too.
A former member
Post #: 1
That audible signal seems to be a challenge for most. Don't know if it's not understood or just ignored.
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