June 2019 Safety Tips
Riding the Trail
Safety for all users on Florida’s shared use trails is important. Trails are a shared public space — safety and courtesy make for a positive trail experience for everyone. So, please respect your fellow trail users.
To avoid mishaps with other users on the trail, always ride defensively. If you ride the roads, you know the drill: Expect the unexpected. On the trail there can be dogs darting in front of your wheel, toddlers roaming the trail as you approach, cyclists stopping in front of you without warning, rollerbladers kicking a leg into your path or spokes, etc.
If you slow down when you approach traffic you'll be better off.
Trail Rules & Guidelines
Keep in mind that rules will vary from trail to trail. The following is a generic set of trail rules for example purposes only. For specific rules for a particular trail, check with the trail managers or signs.
- Only non-motorized forms of transportation are permitted, however, motorized wheelchairs are ok.
- Bicyclists should yield to all other users.
- DO NOT RIDE ABOVE THE POSTED SPEED
- Keep right except to pass.
- Announce passing to other users. Pass with caution.
- Move off trail surface when stopped.
- Please yield to law enforcement, maintenance and emergency vehicles.
- Respect private property and stay on the trail.
- Heed all signs.
- Don't litter
- Stop, look and listen for motor traffic before proceeding across the road! There are locations where the trail crosses streets with motor traffic. These intersections are usually marked with stop signs for trail traffic, but the crossing motor traffic does not have to stop.
- Pass others on the left. Just like out on the road, faster trail users should pass slower users on the left. Give an audible warning with a bell, or call out “Passing on your left!”
- Don’t litter along the trails. Leave only footprints (or tire tracks); take only pictures.
It is the nature of these trails that users are moving at different speeds. Parents with children and folks with pets are moving slowly, runners, ‘Bladers and Bicyclists are moving fast and faster. With a mix of speeds, there’s a need to understand where you fit in, and whom to yield to when out on the trails.
Enjoy The Ride
- Bikes are the fastest traffic on the trail and are required to heed to the slower moving runners and walkers. Very fast riding is inappropriate for the trails and should be done on public roadways.
- Warn slower moving traffic that you are passing. Sound your bell or say loudly before you get to the other traffic "On Your Left." The speeds of a bike make it possible to startle other trail users, so don't wait to give your warning until you are right next to the walker or runner, give enough time.
Trail riding should be a slower paced recovery or just look at the scenery ride.
Remember the trail rules, follow them and you will help make every trail ride safe and fun for everyone.