How often does this happen to you?

I know there are certain rules aka Trail Etiquette that are common at the trails I ride at, but I’m just wondering if for guys the common courtesy they should show to women go right out the door while on the trail.  Today my mom, my oldest daughter and I went riding at the trails and there were a bunch of people there, so many that it took me a while to find a parking spot.  While on the trail we must have passed at least a dozen or so groups of riders and not one of them got out of the way so that we could pass.  Several of them didn’t even slow down, basically forcing us off the trail.  They were all guys – from young to old.

Now I’m not the type to demand that my man open the door so I can get in or out of the car or anything like that but I sure hope that’s not the direction today’s generation of guys are heading.

Since I’m talking about Trail Etiquette I thought I would share some common rules with you:

  1. Be Courteous – all trail users should be respectful of other users regardless of their mode, speed or skill level.
  2. Be Predictable – travel in a consistent and predictable manner, looking behind before changing positions on the trail.
  3. Don’t Block The Trail – use no more than half the trail so that you don’t block the flow of other users.
  4. Keep Right – stay to the right side of the trail, except when passing another user.
  5. Pass On The Left – if you need to pass others going in the same direction as you, pass them on the left and make it clear you are passing with either your voice, bell or horn as a signal.  Yield to slower and on-coming traffic and remember kids and pets can be unpredictable so be careful around them.
  6. Stopping – when stopping, alert others behind you and then move off the trail.
  7. Use Lights At Night – if riding at night make sure your bike is equipped with lights.  You should have while light(s) that are visible from 500′ to the front and a red or amber light visible 500′ to the rear.
  8. No Drinking & Riding – you will need all your reflexes on the trail so no drinking and Riding and no drugs.
  9. Be Respectful Of Private Property – trails are open to the public but often the land on the side of the trail is private property.  Don’t litter, destroy or otherwise disrespect the private property or the owners rights.
  10. Clean Up Litter – do not leave glass, paper, cans, plastic, or any other garbage on or near the trail.  Let’s keep our trails beautiful for many generations to enjoy.
  11. Travel in groups on well traveled trails, carry a small bottle of mace and your cell phone.
  12. Have You Outgrown Trails – if your speed and style endangers other users, check for alternative routes that better suit your needs.  Selecting the right location is safer and more enjoyable for all concerned.

Here’s a downloadable brochure that  you can print out and share with others:  http://www.ibike.org/education/Share-Trail-Brochure.pdf

Ride, live, have fun!!  See you on the trails.

Cindy 🙂

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2 responses to this post.

  1. I think one more comment should be added to the Trail Etiquette list and that is travel in groups on well traveled trails, carry a small bottle of mace and your cell phone.

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  2. Posted by biking4women on November 30, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks Travelmaster – I added that to the list – #11. I appreciate your input.

    Cindy 🙂

    Reply

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