Whether you are a local or a long distance traveler on the East Coast Greenway, you will be sharing the route with many different user types. It’s critical that we all follow simple rules and etiquette to ensure that we all remain safe on the trail.
Because the ECG is made up of locally owned and managed trails, each trail segment will have their own rules and regulations. Please take notice of rules posted on local trails. If you have any questions, contact the local trail manager.
Trail Etiquette & Safety
On a multi-use trail, trail users must be courteous when passing. Bicyclists yield to pedestrians and equestrians.
- Obey all trail and traffic laws, signals and signs.
- Share the road and trail with other users. On trails, bicyclists yield to pedestrians who yield to equestrians. Yielding means slow down, establish communication, be prepared to stop if necessary and pass safely.
- When on streets, bicyclists should travel in the same direction as motorized traffic, while walkers should face traffic.
- Travel in a predictable and consistent manner so as not to cause accidents.
- Keep your bicycle speeds low on trails. Adjust your speed to trail congestion and surface conditions.
- Be courteous and notify other users when passing. A friendly greeting or bell works well; don’t startle others.
- All cyclists should wear an approved bicycle helmet. (Helmet use may be required by local or state law.)
- Display front and rear lights at night.
- Keep your pets on leash, and out of the way of other trail users.
- Pick up after your pets.
- Be aware of your surroundings and limit the amount of valuables carried.
- Prior to using new trail take the time to familiarize yourself with the trail and plan your route.
- Tell friends or family the route you’ll be taking, and always travel with a partner when possible.
- Carry with you:
- Pertinent medical information
- Emergency numbers
- Basic tools and repair materials
- Cell phone in case of emergencies.
- Carry sufficient water or fluids for hydration.
- Local road map for orientation in case you get off track.
- Gear for changes in weather conditions
- Know your equipment, your ability, and the area in which you are traveling — and prepare accordingly.
- Read more on safe bicycling and the rules of the road.
- Read more on bicycle safety for kids.