Off-Street Bikeways: Rules of the Trail

Share the trail. Denver’s trails have been designed for a variety of users, and not only for one group. By following simple, common sense rules and courtesy, trail use will be safe and enjoyable.

Right-of-Way

Cyclists and In-line skaters must yield to pedestrians. Pedestrians always have the right-of-way.

Keep To The Right

All trail users must keep to the right except when passing or turning left. Move off the trail to the right when stopping.

Beware of Car Doors

Ride according to conditions: traffic, trails, weather, bicycle and fitness. Use caution on hills, under/over bridges, bends, and when the trails are busy.

Merge Correctly

Look both ways. Bicyclists: yield to through traffic; at intersections, pedestrians have the right-of-way. 
Pedestrians: excercise caution; be aware of bicyclist’s stopping limitations.

Use Appropriate Trail

Where twinned sections of trail exist, use the appropriate trail as posted. ‘Wheels and Heels’: cyclists and skaters on one trail, and walkers and joggers on the other.

 

Dismount As Posted

Dismount and walk across roadways or other posted locations. When choosing a pedestrian style crossing across the flow of traffic, cross only when it is safe to do so.

Signal To Others

Cyclists: when approaching others, sound your bell or horn early, then pass safely on the left.
Pedestrians: acknowledge with a wave when someone is overtaking, then step to the right.

Be Alert

Watch for slippery sections covered by ice, loose gravel or silt. Be sure the trail is clear of obstructions ahead. Ring bell for others where visibility is restricted such as on hills and turns.

Respect Nature

Do not disturb or feed wildlife. Keep to well established trails to protect habitat. Do not collect plant or animal material.

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