Park districts offer tips for summer bikers, hikers
|CVNP — Bikers like those shown above, as well as hikers and runners, come out in force in Peninsula and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park when the weather heats up.|
|Photo: Ken Love|
The Safe Is Sound program highlights the need for all Towpath Trail users to give an audible signal when passing other Towpath travelers.
“Keep One Ear Clear” is an added theme, encouraging visitors to use only one ear bud for their electronic devices so they can more easily be alerted to passing Towpath traffic.
At designated safety stops on the Towpath Trail, visitors will receive reminders of trail rules, while picking up free bike bells, whistles, maps, stickers and more.
The Metro Parks, Serving Summit County rangers added these safety reminders while using multipurpose trails:
• Be courteous: All trail users should be respectful of others regardless of speed, skill level or mode of travel (i.e., bicycle, wheelchair or on foot).
• Pass on the left: Pass other trail users on their left. Give a signal before passing, either by voice (e.g., “On your left!”) or other means (e.g., ringing a bell). Pay special attention when passing children and pets.
• Stopping: Move to the right when stopping. If possible, exit the trail. Be cautious of others approaching from behind and make sure they know you are pulling over.
• Be predictable: Travel in a consistent and predictable manner. Always look behind you before changing positions on the trail.
• Don’t block the trail: When in a group or with pets, use no more than half of the trail. Do not block the flow of other users.
• Obey all traffic signs and signals: Use extra caution where trails cross streets. Stop at all signs and intersections. When entering or crossing a trail, yield to other users.
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