Trail safety - simple rules to stay safe on our trails

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Photo courtesy KC Parks
Text and photo from King County Parks

Follow these simple rules to stay safe on trails:
  • Stay right, pass left - Be aware of your surroundings at all times and follow the rules of the road to keep everyone safe.
  • Leave room for others to pass - Whether walking or biking, always leave enough room for others to get around your person or group. Don't hog the trail!
  • Use your voice or bell to let others know you're coming - No one likes to be surprised by someone coming up behind them. Let other know you're coming - before you arrive.
  • Go slow when passing, no sneaking - Reduce your speed when passing for everyone's safety.
  • Be visible, wear reflective gear or lights in low light - Make sure you're always easy to see from all sides.
  • Keep pets close for their safety and others- Retractable leashes can easily become a hazard on busy trails. Keep dogs (and cats) safe when on leash.
  • Most of all, obey posted speed limits of 15 mph when biking.

But most of all, use common sense, and be a good trail neighbor. Go slow around others.

It's up to all of us to keep our trails safe.


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