Trail Etiquette: Share the Trail

With more  people using the PATH it is a good time to review trail etiquette.Let’s make sure everyone has a good ride or walk. These tips are from the League of American Bicyclists……

Courtesy

  • Respect all trail users
  • Yield to slower users
  • Obey the rules of the trail

Announce when passing

  • Use a bell, horn or voice to indicate your intention to pass
  • Warn other well in advance so you do not startle them

Yield when entering and crossing

  • Yield to traffic at places where the trail crosses the road
  • Yield to other users at trail intersections

Keep Right

  • Stay as close to the right as possible, except when passing

Pass on Left

  • Pull out only when you are sure the lane is clear
  • Allow plenty of room, about two bike lengths, before moving back to the right

Be Predictable

  • Travel in a straight line unless you are avoiding hazards or passing
  • Indicate your intention to turn or pass

Use Lights at Night

  • Most trial users will not have lights at night; use a white front and red rear light.

Do not block the trail

  • For group rides, use no more than half the trail
  • Stop and regroup completely off the trail

Multi-Use Path Etiquette

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The right way to ride on a multi-use path, from Bicycling.com:

Multi-use paths are being added to cities across the country at an exciting rate and more people are using them. That’s a great thing. But crowding can lead to conflict. To stay safe, and make the experience more enjoyable for everyone, here are a few guidelines for blissfully sharing bike paths with fellow cyclists, joggers, dog walkers, and everyone else.

1. Get out of time-trial mode, duh. It’s fun to go fast, but a bike path isn’t the place to race. Yes, you can crank things up a bit if you have clear sight lines and few other users but, as a general rule, keep it under control.


3. Slow down—and be prepared to stop—when there are others around.
People are unpredictable. Kids and pets especially, but the truth is, anyone can be so involved in a conversation or wrapped up in their own thoughts that they’ll make a bad choice even if they hear you coming. Slow to a walking pace and keep your hands on your brakes.

4. Make some noise well before passing. A bell is more charming (and less startling) than an “on your left!” but either is preferable to a stealth pass. Make noise—be sure you’re heard—well before you reach the person you’re passing.

5. Look around (and signal!) before passing or stopping. Just because you’re doing it right doesn’t mean everyone else is. Before you swing left to pass or hit the brakes to stop, throw out a hand signal, and take a look behind you for oncoming traffic.

6. Don’t stand in the path. Sometimes it’s nice to stop and look around and take a drink. Pull off the path when you do so, otherwise you’ll block the way for everyone else.

7. Be nice. It’s the most important thing. You’re representing cyclists as a group. Don’t be a stone-faced automaton hell-bent on maintaining your 19.5 mph pace. Treat people the way you want to be treated. Be friendly. Wave. Say hello. It will make all of our time on these super paths a little more fun.

Tips for Driving Around People on Bikes

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With more and more bikes on our streets, it is important for drivers to know how to drive safely around cyclists. These safety tips come from our friends at Georgia Bikes.

  • Give bikes at least 3 feet of safe distance when passing or following. The State of Georgia has a Three-Foot law.
  • Bicycles are vehicles and allowed on all roadways.
  • When making turns, watch for and yield to people on bikes.
  • Do not park in or block a bike lane.
  • Check mirrors before opening doors, especially if parked  next to a bike lane.
  • Be alert, cautious, and attentive when driving. Do not drive distracted.

For more information on cycling in Decatur visit http://www.decaturga.com/biking.

 

Be Safe on Your Bike!

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Bike Month in Decatur

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May 13: Bike Fest at the Decatur Farmers Market, 9 am  – 1 pm. Decatur Police will be doing bike registration and Decatur Active Living will be giving out bike information and bike pins!

May 15 – 19: Bike to Work Week. Try biking to work this week, or part of the way. Get some exercise and arrive refreshed!

May 19:  Bike to Work Day, 7 am – 10 am. Stop by the Energizer station in front of the Decatur Recreation Center  and have some coffee, juice, and/or a pastry. GA Commute Options will also be on hand with clean commute information. Get a bike pin and pick up some bike safety information and a map.

May 19: Third Friday FUN Bike Ride, 6:30 pm. Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center for this 5-6 mile ride around the city. Helmets and lights are required. After the ride we will visit a local watering hole for refreshment.

May 21: Bicycle South Ride to Stone Mountain, 9 am. Easy no-drop ride to Stone Mountain Park, beginning at the store, 2098 N Decatur Road. Helmets required.

May 27 – 28: Bike Valet at the Decatur Arts Festival.

May 27: Bike Registration at the Decatur Arts Festival, 10 am – 2 pm. Bring your bike and get it registered by the Decatur Police. Pick up some bike safety information.

 

 

 

 

 

Third Friday Bike Ride: Halloween Edition!

Join Active Living Director Greg White for the October Third Friday FUN Bike Ride on October 21st. This month’s ride will have a Halloween theme – we will ride by homes decorated for the holiday. Feel free to dress up yourself and/or your bike.

This ride is a slow-paced 6 mile ride and is suitable for all levels. After the ride, we will stop at a local watering hole for refreshments.

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to ride at 6:30 p.m.

Helmets and lights are required.

For more information click here.

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Our September Riders!

Cycle to the Farmers Market and Get Your Bike Registered….It’s Free!

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Move It Monday: Biking!

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Whether indoors or outdoors, biking is a great exercise for beginners! Click here to learn about the top health benefits of biking, plus tips on getting started.

For information on cycling in Decatur, visit decaturga.com/biking.

 

Third Friday Bike Ride is This Friday!

BFC sign.jpgJoin Decatur Active Living for the Third Friday FUN Bike Ride this Friday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m. We explore the city at a slow pace suitable for most riders and ride approximately 6 miles. This is a  no-drop ride: no one will be left behind. After the ride we will visit a local watering hole for refreshments.

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street, and  be ready to ride at 6:30 p.m. If you need air in your tires, come early and use our Bike Repair Station located in front of the building.

Helmets and lights are required- we want to be safe and seen!

For more information on biking in Decatur, visit www.decaturga.com/biking.

Register Your Bike Saturday at the Book Festival

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