City of Plano Parks & Recreation Blog

Posted on: November 1, 2017

7 tips to follow while you're on the trail

walkers on the trail

The City of Plano offers an abundance of fabulous trails (80 miles to be exact) throughout the community for walking, jogging, hiking, cycling, and skating. As more and more Planoites flock to these trails for fitness and fun, the need has grown to remind everyone about the importance of sharing these paths by following some simple etiquette rules. Don’t be that guy or gal! Here are a few tips for sharing the trail so they can continue to offer a fun experience for all. View our recommended tips for the trail

#1 Be courteous
This simple rule of thumb goes a long way, so make mom proud—be respectful of others, regardless of their mode, speed or level of skill.

#2 Be predictable
Avoid erratic behavior and look behind you before changing positions on the trail.

#3 Keep to the right, pass on the left
Just like driving, keep to the right-hand side of the trail except when passing other users. Faster traffic is always responsible for yielding to slower and oncoming traffic.

#4 Use your voice
Let people know you are approaching before you pass so they can make sure they are out of the way. Bells are a good way to communicate with other trail users as well.

#5 Don’t block the trail!
Don’t stop in the middle of the trail to tie your shoe—be mindful of others and move off the trail so you don’t cause a backup. It’s also good to keep your pets on a short leash and to the right of the trail to prevent others from going off the trail to keep a safe distance from Fido.

#6 Yield when entering and crossing trails
Again, trail use is a lot like driving. In fact, bicyclists are required to observe all posted signs and follow all traffic rules. Be smart and watch where you are going!

#7 Keep it clean
Nobody likes a litter bug—if you drop something or see debris on or near the trail, please pick it up and throw it away. Be a good example to others.

Final thoughts
Have you outgrown a trail? If your speed or style is faster than users, it might be a good idea to find an alternative route to suit your needs. If you ride a bike, Plano’s on-street bike route system is an effective way to get where you’re going without having to navigate groups of strolling pedestrians. Pick up a citywide park and trail system map the next time you visit Oak Point Park Nature & Retreat Center (5901 Los Rios Blvd.) or plan your route using our online tools.

Thank you for making Plano’s trails fun, safe and enjoyable for all users!

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