By Pat Barriage
Etiquette and safety are closely related, in many cases, a lack of one creates a breach of the other. Poor etiquette typically leads to unsafe situations, while good etiquette paves the trail for a safe riding experience. It is every trail users responsibility and right to ensure their own safety and expect safe practices from other trail users. Exercise caution at all times, follow guidelines and rules of the trails. Always practice the 3 C’s of Trail Etiquette and contribute to a safe outdoor experience for all trail users: Courtesy, Communication and Common Sense.
1. Trail etiquette rules indicate cyclists must yield to hikers and horses, and hikers must yield to horses. Though most hikers and bikers will yield the right of way to horses, remember that many folks do not have experience with horses and may not know what to do. These situations present opportunities for you to inform and educate other users, in a friendly manner.
2. As a rider, you have the responsibility to manage your animals on the trail. It is not recommended to bring “green” horses to multi-use trails.
3. Remember to always be vigilant for other users in front of you, behind you, and meeting you at trail intersections. With a friendly greeting, do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you’re coming. Strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.