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Summit Metro Parks stresses trail etiquette

7/24/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

SUMMIT COUNTY — With the second annual Summer Biking Spree underway, Summit Metro Parks officials are reminding users of the district’s trails built for hiking and biking to use good trail etiquette. The two-month, at-your-own pace spree began July 1 and continues through Aug. 31. First-time participants who ride five different sections of local trails — the Bike and Hike Trail, the Freedom Trail and Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail — will earn a bicycle license plate, a reflective sticker for their plate and a vehicle-window cling. Returning riders will earn a 2014 sticker and cling. Rewards are free to Summit County residents and $5 for out-of-county participants. The park district offers these guidelines:

  • 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 an audible 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: 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.

Spree forms with the list of trail sections are available online at www.summitmetroparks.org and in person at: the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road in Akron; the park district’s administrative offices, 975 Treaty Line Road in Akron; Century Cycles, 1621 Main St. in Peninsula; and all Acme Fresh Market stores in Summit County.

Round-trip distances on the spree range from 6.2 to 11.4 miles. Participants will have until Oct. 15 to turn in their forms. One participant drawn at random from submitted forms will win a new Raleigh bicycle from Century Cycles. The drawing will be held Oct. 16.

For more information, call 330-865-8065.

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