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Get to know your local parks and the park
staff. There are informational map brochures
available for most Regional Park facilities.
They are available at park
Visitor Centers, and at park entrance kiosks
and park offices.
Each trail user should exercise common
courtesy. Please check trail signs and use
- Multi-Use Trail
- Safe multiple use on trails requires your
cooperation. This symbol illustrates
protocol for yielding right-of-way when
cyclists, hikers and equestrians meet on
- Cyclists yield to all other trail users, and
hikers yield to equestrians.
- Bicycles are permitted on paved
roads, paved bike trails and unpaved
roads unless posted otherwise.
- Bicyclists are not permitted on narrow-gauge
trails. Bicycle use is restricted in
certain areas due to trail use conflicts and
natural resource protection. Check park map
brochures for approved trail access.
- Bicycle Riders
- Know which trails are open for bicycle use.
Watch for trail signposts with trail names
and informational discs.
- Always yield, pass with care and keep your
speed to a slow, safe pace. Do not exceed the
15 mph speed limit. Approach each bend as
if someone were around the corner. Hikers
and particularly horses are easily startled.
Calling out or ringing a bicycle bell to get the
attention of other trail users can prevent
accidents. Being sensitive to how others
perceive you will assure a positive image for
your sport and minimize the restrictions that
follow confrontations and negative encounters.
- Stay on the approved trails. Riding off trails
or skidding down slopes damages park
resources, creates erosion and threatens
other park users and wildlife. Don't ride in
the rain or on trails where ruts are created
by your wheels. Protect natural resources
by honoring use restrictions placed on
areas that are environmentally fragile.
- Be prepared for your trip. Wear a helmet
at all times. The key to a successful and
enjoyable ride requires a knowledge of
regulations, proper equipment, preparedness
for the unexpected and an understanding
of one's personal ability.
- Travel at a safe speed. Be especially careful
when visibility is limited.
- Communicate. Let other trail users know if
your horse is safe to pass.
- Don't take short cuts. Stay on trail.
- Don't ride in the rain. If the trail is muddy,
use an alternate trail. Deep hoof ruts are difficult
to repair and make the trail hazardous
for other trail users.
- Stay on trails. Trails are the safest and best
routes through the parks. In an emergency
situation it is easier to locate and assist a
trail user on designated trails.
- Consideration of your fellow hikers and
riders dictates that you not cut across
switchbacks, especially in the downhill
direction. In addition to erosion damage
brought on by cross-cutting, there is a
definite danger of dislodging rocks which
might roll down on people below.
- Listen for other trail users and pass
equestrians with caution. Hikers and backpackers
should step to the side of the trail
when meeting or being overtaken by
- Keep your dog on a leash or under control.
Please be considerate of other trail users by
cleaning up after your dog.
- Stay Within Park Boundaries
- Fence lines are marked. Please respect the
rights and privacy of adjacent property
- In the Event of an Emergency
- Contact a park employee. To report a fire,
police or medical emergency, dial 911
on park pay phones. Red emergency telephone
boxes connect you directly with
Public Safety dispatchers.
There are 1000s of miles of
trails in Regional Parks. These beautiful parklands are intended for all the public
to enjoy and preserve for future generations.
Visitor cooperation will help District
staff serve the public better and assure a
pleasant parkland experience for everyone.
For the safety and convenience of park users,
please observe the following rules:
- No person shall ride or operate any bicycle
or "Off Road Bike" recklessly or negligently so as to
endanger the life, limb or property of any person. All
bicycles must be ridden in a safe manner and under
control while on District property. Violators may be
subject to fine or confiscation. Bicycles are permitted
on paved and unpaved roads and on most wide trails.
However, there are exceptions. Please observe posted
restrictions and obey the 15 mph bicycle speed limit.
- Saddle Animals
- No person shall ride, drive, lead,
or keep any saddle or pack animal in a reckless or
negligent manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or
property of any person or animal. No person shall
allow his or her saddle or pack animal to stand
unattended or insecurely tied.
- All persons operating a gate shall close the
gate after passing through it.
- Must be under control at all times. They must
be leashed on paved, multi-use trails, in parking lots,
and in developed areas. Loose dogs can be hazardous
to bicyclists and runners. Please dispose of your
dog's waste by placing it in a garbage can.
- Motor Vehicles
- No motorized vehicles are allowed
on trails (wheelchairs excepted).
- Fires or Fireworks
- Fires are not permitted in
staging areas or on trails. Fireworks are not permitted
in any Regional Park.
- Extinguish and safely dispose of
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Are not permitted in staging
areas or on trails.
- Firearms or Bows and Arrows
- Are not permitted
in staging areas or on trails.
- Please be considerate of other park users and neighbors
if you use a radio. A permit is required for
amplification of voice, music or other sound.
- are responsible for knowing and following
park rules and regulations.
Regional Park Trail Safety
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Copyright © 1997 Winter Ware. All RIGHTS RESERVED.
Last updated: Saturday, December 28, 1996