Be Cool: Share the Trail

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The trails within the City of Littleton and the South Suburban Park and Recreation District are becoming increasingly popular. As a result, a reduction in courtesy and an increase in rudeness has the potential to diminish the overall visitor experience. Learning how to and respect other trail users will help increase safety and enhance the trail experience.

How to be cool on the trail How to be cool with pedestrians
FOR EVERYONE FOR CYCLISTS
  • Keep it tight ... Stay to the right. Walk or ride on the right side of the trail.
  • Don’t suddenly stop or move to the left without looking behind you. Move off the trail if you want to stop.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings. You are not the only person on the trail. Be aware of someone behind you and listen for their warning signal.
  • Free your ears and be aware. Limit use of mobile electronic devices.
  • Call your pass, use a bell. Bells are the preferred warning method and only use verbal warnings when necessary. Warn pedestrians at least three seconds before passing them.
  • Slow your roll. Slow down when passing and keep a two foot clearance. This will help avoid user collisions and conflicts.
  • Walk or ride single file when passing or being passed.
  • Speed limit is 15 MPH. This is for good trail conditions. Reduce speeds during poor trail conditions.

How to be cool with Cyclists How to be cool on the trail
FOR PEDESTRIANS
FOR FAMILIES & LARGE GROUPS
  • Pay attention to your surroundings and listen for users behind you. Cyclists prefer to ride faster than you walk. Most cyclists will want to pass you on the left.
  • Keep dogs on a leash no more than six feet in length. Pay attention to your dogs. Do not use expandable leashes.
  • When walking, use the crusher fines walking trail. Use concrete path only when necessary (i.e., inability to walk on crusher fines and poor crusher fines
    conditions).

  • Pay attention to your children. Children learning to ride a bike or walk are unpredictable. Other users may not be as patient as you are.
  • Groups with 15 or more people require a trail use permit. Large events should coordinate with South Suburban Park and Recreation District to determine trail and parking availability.
TRAIL RULES
 
HOW TO BE COOL ON THE TRAIL
BICYCLIST & EQUESTRIAN RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Open daily 6 am to 11 pm.
  • Wear bright and/or reflective clothing when using trails at night.
  • Stay to the right.
  • Maximum trail speed is 15 mph.
  • Pets must be on a leash not to exceed six feet.
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Use provided litter receptacles; littering or dumping is prohibited.
  • Swimming, tubing, boating, or rafting is prohibited.
  • Weapons, projectiles and fireworks are prohibited.
  • Golf practice is prohibited.
  • Tree houses and rope swings are prohibited.
  • Unauthorized motorized vehicles are prohibited.
  • Wear a helmet.
  • Walking, trotting, and slow sauntering of horses is proper trail etiquette.
  • Slow horses to a walk when within 100 feet of approaching other trail users.
  • Bring horse to a walk on any paved surface.
  • Bicyclists yield right of way to pedestrians and horses.
  • Equestrians yield right of way to pedestrians.
  • Ride single file when passing or being passed.
  • Give an audible, voice or bell warning and pass on the left.
  • Be alert at intersections. Yield when entering or crossing a trail.
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • Use proper hand signals when turning.
  • Horses prohibited on turf or near shelters.

For additional information, contact South Suburban Parks and Recreation at 303-798-5131.

Pets must be on a leash not to exceed six feet. Please clean up after your pet.