Opinion: Proper Legacy Trail etiquette – for all users – ensures everyone’s safety
April 4, 2017
This letter is in response to the March 27 Sierra Sun letter to the editor, "High-speed bikers making Legacy Trail unsafe."
What did we do before the Legacy Trail? We probably walked through neighborhoods or had to drive to find other venues. I am a cyclist. The Legacy Trail is for all of us to enjoy!
Yes, there are cyclists that travel too fast and don't call out that they are coming up on you (yes, it's happened to me). There are irresponsible people everywhere, in every sport, in every venue.
We must be respectful of others regardless of their mode, speed or level of skill. There are general rules of the trails and byways so we can all enjoy them safely. Cyclists, walkers, strollers, skaters and dogs should be on the right side of the trail.
Small children on bikes and dog walkers should be under the control of their parents or owner. Joggers wearing headphones should be on the shoulder on the right. Always look behind you before changing positions.
Pass (and call out, "ON YOUR LEFT!"). When stopping, always check behind you and move completely off the trail. YIELD to slower and oncoming traffic. Trail etiquette ensures everyone's safety. We can make this work! More trails are coming!
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