Slow and Say Hello

A Program to Reduce Trail Conflicts and Protect Resources

The "Slow & Say Hello" program engages park visitors at popular trailheads to promote trail safety and resource protection.

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May 26, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE


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Webinar Outline

"Slow & Say Hello" engages park visitors at popular trailheads to promote trail safety and resource protection. The program has successfully reduced conflict and fostered a friendlier trail community in a San Francisco area County by putting visitors in the other person's shoes. The program, developed over several years, is a collaboration of mountain bike, equestrian, and environmental groups called Trail Partners. The mission of the Trail Partners Foundation is to encourage the creation of similar collaborations wherever trail conflicts exist, and to offer others the benefit of the Foundation’s years of experience and the tools that have been created. The "Slow & Say Hello" logo is trademarked to ensure its use in an education based program open to all trail user groups.

Learning Objectives:

  • We'll explain how our program came into existence, its two years of development, and what it is today.
  • We'll provide "Key Findings" that provide insight into why conflicts exist, and how to change the behavior that leads to them.
  • We'll also present "Tails & Tires" a safety workshop for High School mountain bike race teams.


Check out the updated webinar the Slow and Say Hello Program titled Developing a Program to Reduce Trail Conflicts. The program has shifted gears to equip land managers with the knowledge and tools they need to create their own program. Their website now offers step by step instructions for creating a conflict reduction program. It also has a page identifying best practices for such a program, what works and what doesn't work. Their organization, The Trail Partners Foundations, is now a 501(c)3.


This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).

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Webinar Resources

  • Trail Partners – Marin County
  • Trail Partners Foundation (new website for 501(c)3; work in progress)
  • Video: Slow and Say Hello (March 2018)
  • Video: Tails and Tires

    Webinar Partners


    Curt Kruger, President, Trail Partners Foundation
    Auburn, California

    Cofounder and President of Trail Partners Foundation, former Director of Marin Horse Council. 30 years field marketing positions with national corporations dealing with environmental products. MBA - UC Berkeley, BS Mechanical Engineering - Worcester Poly Inst. Married with two adult children and two grandchildren currently living near Auburn in California's Gold Country.


    Tom Boss, Off-Road & Events Director, Marin County Bicycle Coalition
    Marin, California

    A founding member of Trail Partners, Tom Boss is the Off-Road and Events Director at Marin County Bicycle Coalition, where he leads the trail development, education, and stewardship efforts of the Off-Road Program and manages events such as the Jane Fondo, Dirt Fondo, and Adventure Revival fundraising group rides. Tom grew up in Marin, California where an appreciation for the outdoors and conservation were embedded at an early age, and works on many fronts to promote a balanced and inclusive approach to land management.


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