Bike / Walking / Jogging / Blading / Skating Safety: Guide To Multi-Use, Non-Motorized Path Etiquette

User Guidelines For Multi-Use Path

The multi-use path for non-motorized use has become very popular. 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.

Help make the multi-use path safe for everyone by using the following guidelines:

Be Courteous.

All path users, including bicyclists, joggers, walkers, wheelchairs, skateboarders, bladers and skaters, should be respectful of other users regardless of their mode, speed or level of skill.

Be Predictable.

Travel in a consistent and predictable manner. Always look behind before changing positions on the trail.

Don’t Block The Path.

When in a group or with your pets, use no more than half the trail so as not to block the flow of other users.

Keep Right.

Stay as near to the right side of the path as is safe, except when passing another user.

Pass On The Left.

Pass others, going your direction, on their left. YIELD TO SLOWER AND ON-COMING TRAFFIC. Use hand signals to alert those behind you of your moves. Look ahead and back to make sure the lane is clear before you pull out and pass. Pass with ample separation and do not move back to the right until safely past. REMEMBER: KIDS AND PETS CAN BE UNPREDICTABLE.


When stopping, move far right. Beware of others approaching you from behind and make sure they know you are pulling over.

Give Audible Warning BEFORE Passing.

Give a clear signal by using voice, bell or horn before passing. Give the person you are passing time to respond. Watch for their reaction. Beware they might be wearing headphones and might have a hard time hearing you.

Obey All Traffic Signs.

Use extra caution where path crosses street. Stop at all signs and intersections and be cautious when crossing driveways. When entering or crossing a street yield to traffic on the street.

Use Lights At Night.

It’s a good idea to have a light if traveling at dark on the path.

Don’t Use the Path under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs.

Don’t overestimate the safety of the path. You may need all of your reflexes quickly — don’t have them impaired.

Be Respectful Of Private Property.

The multi-use path is open to the public, but the land on the side of the trail is mostly private property. Please respect all property rights.

Clean Up Litter/Clean Up After Your Pet

Do not leave glass, paper, cans, plastic, or any other debris on or near a path. If you drop something, please remove it immediately. Please pick up after your pet.

Have You Outgrown The Multi-Use Path?

The multi-use path has engineering and design limits. If your speed or style endangers other users, check for alternative routes better suited to your needs. Selecting the right location is safer and more enjoyable for all concerned.

Always Exercise Due Care And Caution.