Published on June 5, 2020

Let’s Share the Trails

If you’ve been along our trail system in the last few weeks, then you know how busy it’s become. Our trails are lush with trees, bustling with wildlife, and expansive with all the parks and neighbourhoods they connect to; it’s no wonder they’re a hot spot! The trails run through the heart of our city and are cherished in the hearts of many residents and visitors who set foot in them. 

With our trails being one of the few places individuals can recreate safely, it’s no surprise they’re even more jam packed than usual. We want to keep our trails safe so everyone can enjoy them for the beautiful summer ahead. If you’re unfamiliar with our trail etiquette, read below for some helpful tips to keep yourself and your family protected and healthy on your next trail adventure. 

Physical Distancing on Trails

  • Be courteous of others who are sharing the path and observe physical distancing. 
  • Share these spaces responsibly and alert others to your presence by using your voice, bell or horn as appropriate.

Cartoon of a person and cyclist 6 feet apart

Right of Way and Yield

  • Keep to the right of the pathway except when passing or turning left and move off the trail to the right when stopping. 
  • Yield to slower moving traffic: cyclists to pedestrians, joggers to walkers. Move off to the right side of the trail for less mobile users.

A cyclist and person walking sharing the trail

Ring Your Bell

  • Notify others on trails that you’re approaching. 
  • It is law in Alberta to have a horn or bell on a bike and not having one can cost a cyclist $78 in fines. 

Bell on handle bars of a bike

Exercise Caution

  • Remain at a safe speed so you can quickly brake or stop if needed. 
  • Remember to shoulder check and look behind you each time you turn or move out to pass, and always use your hand signals.

Rollerblade tilted up using its brake

Share Responsibility

  • Lead by example and help teach each other proper trail etiquette.

Dogs On-Leash

  • Please ensure your dog is on-leash when using or within one metre of any trail. This includes trails within off-leash areas.

Two people biking on Red Willow Trail

A dog on a leash

We thank everyone who is being diligent about physical distancing and practicing etiquette on the trails. Let’s keep up the good work!

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Last edited: June 9, 2020