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Safety Trail Etiquette

The summer months are perfect for getting out and enjoying our beautiful Bettendorf trail system. During these months when trail usage increases, safety for all users is of the utmost importance. Although it’s sometimes referred to as a bike path, the trail is a shared public space - safety and courtesy make for a positive trail experience for everyone. So, please respect your fellow trail users.

In addition to cyclists, runners and walkers, the trails are used by children, parents pushing strollers, construction workers, pets, and more. The general rule of thumb is “Wheels Yield to Heels” but pedestrians should always remain mindful of cyclists.

Safety Tips for all users:

  • Walk on the right side of the trail, slowest traffic keep right.
  • Pass others on the left. Just like out on the road, faster trail users should pass slower users on the left. Give an audible warning with a bell, or call out “Passing on your left!”
  • Don’t litter along the trails. Leave only footprints (or tire tracks); take only pictures.
  • Using electronic devices impedes awareness of your surroundings. Step off the trail to answer a call or text, and consider using only one ear bud if you are listening to music this way.
  • Pets on the trail should be under control at all times. Please remove pet wastes.

Trail use for Parents with Children:

  • Keep an eye on children on the path. Be mindful that kids (on foot or bike) sometimes veer into the path of oncoming traffic especially cyclists who may not be able to slow down.
  • If your child is cycling, be sure they are skilled enough to control the bike, and maneuver as needed to share the trail and safely pass.
  • Teach children that they must share the trail.

Trail use for Walkers:

  • At busy areas on the trail, avoid walking three abreast. Two people walking side by side fills up a lot of trail. When faster traffic comes up from behind switch from walking abreast to in-line to give them room to go by you safely.

Trail use for Runners:

  • When approaching slower traffic move to the left side of the trail (pass on left only) and say before you get to the walkers, "On Your Left." This will give them time to clear the way.

Trail use for Bicyclists:

  • Bikes are the fastest traffic on the trail. Very fast riding is inappropriate for the trails and should be done on public roadways.
  • Warn slower moving traffic that you are passing. Sound your bell or say loudly before you get to the other traffic, "On Your Left." The speeds of a bike make it possible to startle other trail users, so don't wait to give your warning until you are right next to the walker or runner. Do give enough time.