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Posted on: March 5, 2021

Trail usage tips and etiquette

Utilizing the extensive and beautiful trail system is one of many prides of Allen residents. As you go out and enjoy these winding wonders, keep in mind these following tips for trail usage:

Share the Trail infographic

Right of Way

Always remember who has the right of way when encountering others. Walkers and runners have right of way, then bicyclists and non-motorized vehicles.

Lane courtesy

With multiple users, trails can get congested. All traveling parties should span only two across. Just like driving, slower travelers should keep to the right as faster travelers are encouraged to pass on the left. If you are passing someone, warn them of your approach, intent to pass and side of passing. If you need to remain stationary for an extended period, recess off the main trail for everyone’s safety.

Speed

Per Allen’s Trail Master Plan, longer trail segments and straightaways allow for bicyclists to reach a 20 MPH max speed, if it is safe to do so. Please utilize the “share the road” policies and move to the street if your need for speed exceeds this limit. Slow down and keep safety first when in a heavily congested area.

Dogs

Enjoy exercising on the trails with your dog on a leash that is six-feet or less in length. Be aware of other trail users around you and keep your pets close to your body. And of course, Doo the Right Thing and scoop their poop!

Littering

Adopt the backpackers “pack in, pack out” philosophy! It’s a quick reminder to always carry everything you bring in back out when you leave. Please don’t litter.

Wildlife

Whether ducks, lizards, or something larger or slithery, do not engage with any wildlife you may see. If there is a lost pet or injured animal, report it to Animal Services at 214.509.4378.

Stay safe, stay six feet away

We strongly encourage you to continue following the recommendations from the CDC such as wearing a mask and staying at least 6 feet away from people who don’t live with you as you enjoy the trails.

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