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Helpful video offers tips to hikers, bikers and equestrians

Visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzc2ZbyGNqw&feature=youtu.be to watch this video about trail etiquette.



Information provided by Douglas County

Did you know that last year Douglas County Parks and Open Space properties received more than one million visitors? Hikers, bikers and equestrians all shared hundreds of miles of trails.

And while the County’s 17,000 acres of public open space offer plenty of room for everyone, we are often asked, “What is the hierarchy on the trail and how do I know what to do?”

Douglas County has produced a video featuring open space rangers Amy and Tyler sharing real-life examples of trail etiquette. The goal was to educate the nearly 90,000 hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers hitting the trails each month to better understand who has the right-of-way and how to safely share the trails with other users.

Residents can keep the trails friendly, fun and safe for everyone by following the best practices illustrated in the video, such as; announcing yourself and establishing communication before passing; keeping your dog leashed; and yielding appropriately to other trail users.

When you are out for a hike or ride, keep these examples in mind. And don’t worry, if you need a quick refresher, you’ll find courtesy triangle signs posted on the trails illustrating general guidelines of right-of-way: hikers yield to equestrians, cyclists yield to pedestrians and equestrians.

Visit the trail etiquette page at https://www.douglas.co.us/trail-etiquette and watch the video to learn more.

Find your next trail adventure on the DCOutdoors app, and then help ensure everyone has a pleasant experience by following accepted trail etiquette at all times, even when you think no one is watching.

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