Trail Mix No 1
It has been a busy trail season so far on the South Shore! There have been many people out enjoying our local trails, which shows how important these community trails are for residents and visitors.
The rail-trails in this region are, for the most part, shared between different trail users. Walkers, bicyclists, horses and off highway vehicles can be found on most of the routes that once carried trains back and forth through our communities. With just a few exceptions, the shared-use concept is working well. Most people seem to understand and appreciate that we have a limited land base for our outdoor recreation, and sharing certain routes makes the most sense.
I encourage all trail enthusiasts to consider their impact on fellow trail users and be thoughtful of others by following these simple rules that are based on common sense, safety and respect. Whether you enjoy a trail on a bicycle, on foot, on a horse, on an ATV, or by any other means, your presence there is a privilege. Everyone who uses a trail, uses it for the same reasons – to enjoy themselves. If we all work together, trails will be there for everyone in the years to come.
So, remember to:
Be aware of other trail users – expect and respect others!
Stay to the right of the trail (except when passing).
If approaching on a bicycle, use your bell or call out to others.
Always clean up after yourself and your pet.
Travel at the posted speed.
Keep pets on a leash.
Stay on the trail - respect the environment and private landowners
Respect wildlife – the trails are home to many plants and animals - you are the visitor.
Obey all posted signs.