City trails are open to a wide variety of non-motorized users including pedestrians, bicyclists, and skaters. Where trails are wide and level, conflicts with other users should be minimal. If trails are congested, narrow or steep, special care is required by all users. Conflicts can be avoided by traveling on the right side of trails. This will allow on-coming and over-taking trail users to pass conveniently and safely. Pets are allowed on the trail, but they must be leashed at all times and their waste removed. Following these general guidelines will ensure that you and other trail users will have an enjoyable experience.
As a pedestrian, you have the right of way over bicycles, but you also have the responsibility to allow a bicyclist to pass safely. To avoid conflicts with other trail users, pedestrians should keep to the right. When you see or hear a bicyclist approaching from the front or rear, pass the word to everyone in the group so no one accidentally steps in front of a moving bicycle.
Bicyclists must yield to all other trail users. The speed limit is 20 m.p.h. on all trails unless otherwise posted. On paved multiple use trails, bicyclists must keep to the right unless passing. Caution is required whenever passing. Slow your speed to pass safely and dismount and walk your bike when necessary. The terrain, surfacing, and width of the trail will dictate your behavior. Additionally, do not ride past pedestrians unless they are aware of your presence. Let pedestrians know you are ready to pass by giving an audible warning.
The International Mountain Bicycling Association's Rules of the trail are universally accepted guidelines for bicycle etiquette. These trail rules guide cyclists in riding both safely and considerately:
Skaters (including but not limited to skateboarders, inline skaters, and roller skaters) must yield to pedestrians and adhere to the 20 m.p.h. speed limit unless otherwise posted. Like other trail users, skaters must keep to the right unless passing. Caution is required whenever passing. Slow your speed to pass safely. The terrain, surfacing, and width of the trail will dictate your behavior. Additionally, do not ride past pedestrians unless they are aware of your presence. Let pedestrians know you are ready to pass by giving an audible warning.
The International Inline Skating Association's (IISA) Rules of the Road are universally accepted guidelines for skating etiquette. These road rules help skaters to be safe and courteous:
Helmets and wrist protection are recommended for all skaters (other protection includes knee and elbow pads). Additional information on skating can be obtain from the IISA.