What does “yield” really mean? Yield means slow down, establish communication, be prepared to stop, and pass in a safe and friendly manner. Walkers yield to horses, and bikes yield to walkers and horses as shown by the arrows on the multi-use yield sign. When bikers are passing horses it is recommended to slow down and stop at least 30 feet from the horse. Greet the equestrian and the horse. Speaking shows the horse that you are a human and not a threat. Ask the rider how and when to pass safely. Pass slowly and steadily after you get the go ahead from the equestrian. Sudden movements can spook a horse.
Respect. It’s a simple concept: If you offer respect, you are more likely to receive it. All trail users have rights and responsibilities to each other, and to our trails. Please respect the 6’ social distance and bring a mask in case you can’t keep the recommended distance. If you aren’t feeling well, please stay home and enjoy the trails another day.
Smile. Greet. Nod. Every user on the trail is a fellow nature lover. Be friendly and expect to see other folks around every corner. Remember, “Go Slow, Say Hello!”
Don’t block the trail. When taking a break, move to the side of the trail.
Stay alert and don’t tune out. If you wear earphones, keep the volume down or only wear one earpiece so other trail users don’t surprise you.
Share and Care. We all share a love of nature, open space and trails. It’s important that all hikers, equestrians and bikers unite to support and care for our trails and public lands. Shared-use trails are cost-effective, minimize impacts on the environment, provide the most users with the most trail opportunities and build happier, healthier communities. We all value our trails and our community. Let’s work together to keep our trails safe and enjoyable for all.