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Rules for Shared Use Pathways

Urban trail managers also need to make clear to users what is expected of them on the trails and greenways.

From Colorado Dept. of Transportation


  • Ride, skate or walk with the flow of traffic, as far to the right side of the trail as practical.


  • Don't block the trail. Groups should be in single file when other trail users are present and should never use more than onehalf of the trail to allow for the flow of traffic.


  • Inattention for even a second can cause problems or crashes.
  • Obey all speed regulations and recommendations.
  • Slow down and use caution when approaching or overtaking other pathway users.
  • Remember to regularly check behind you for oncoming traffic.
  • Bicyclists and Skaters: learn to look back over your shoulder without losing your balance or swerving. A mirror mounted to your helmet or glasses can also be used for this as well.

Shared-use Paths are used for transportation and recreation and can refer to urban paved paths or unpaved backcountry trails. In either case, you should be prepared to share the trail with multiple users. Whether you prefer to ride or walk on a paved urban path or backcountry trail, you need to follow appropriate trail etiquette and be courteous to other users to ensure that trails provide a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

  • Ride, skate, and walk on the right.
  • Ride, skate, and walk single file.

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