The sun-speckled days of spring draw near, and many Minnesotans are giddy with delight. However, this infectious cheer can easily turn to fear of springtime woes. What if your toes get run over by a rogue rollerblader on one of Plymouth’s many walking paths? Well, that won’t happen within the Three Rivers Park District. Park police officer Danny McCullough shares the five most important rules of trail etiquette:
1. Cyclists should call when passing. The No. 1 complaint McCullough receives is bikers forgetting to signal when they pass other trial users. Call out “On your left” and use a bell to alert MP3-wielding pedestrians. (Many complaints stem from large groups of bikers not following the rules and bikers not obeying stop signs at crossroads, he adds.)
2. Leash your dog. A 6-foot nonretractable leash is best when walking your pooch on public trails. Always be aware of the leash to avoid any collisions.
3. Keep to the right. It’s OK to ride two abreast for a quick chat, but be respectful of people coming from the opposite direction and move to the right when necessary.
4. Don’t block the trail. For those with the privilege of living near one of Three Rivers Park District’s trails, make sure your lawn parties stick to your lawn.
5. Be predictable. While on the trails, avoid sudden movements and don’t ignore stop signs. Simply be aware of yourself and those around you.
Visit sharetheroadmn.org for further advice on proper trail etiquette.