What are the Oak Leaf Trail trail useage guidelines?
Because the Oak Leaf Trail is made up in part of parkway drives and municipal streets, you must obey all traffic signs and signals.
Obey All Signs & Signals
- Follow the Rules of the Road
- Use proper hand signals
- Obey trail closures and respect maintenance staff
Stay on Designated Trail Facilities: Respect Plant, Wildlife, & Other Neighbors Along the Trail
Travel at Responsible Speeds—Safe for Conditions
- Slow down when approaching a turn or other users.
- Be prepared to slow down and stop.
- Always yield to slower traffic.
- Downhill traffic yields to uphill traffic.
Stay to the Right
- Ride, walk, run, or skate on the right-hand side of the trail with the flow of traffic.
- If you stop on the trail, please step off to the side of the trail.
Pass on the Left
- Alert people before passing them with your voice or a bell.
- Look for acknowledgment when passing and acknowledge when being passed.
- When passing or being passed do so single file.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings!
- Be aware of others around, in front, or behind you on the trail.
- Limit distractions by not using a phone or headphones.
Keep Pets Leashed & Pick Up Their Waste Immediately
- Leash shall be no longer than 6 feet
- Your dog is not allowed in areas posted “No Dogs Allowed”.
Be Visible, Use Lights when Traveling in Low-Light Conditions.
Wear a Helmet When Riding
Remember that Group Use Requires Increased Attention
- If more than 10 people are in your group, consider traveling in multiple smaller groups or waves.
- Only ride/walk/run two abreast so as not to cause a hazard to others.
- Allow enough room between participants to transition into single file.
Please be respectful and courteous to help ensure that everyone’s experiences are enjoyable and safe.
- Yield to others already on the trail.
- Ride, walk, run, or skate on the RIGHT-hand side of the trail and roadways, with the flow of traffic.
- Do not weave in and out between parked cars.
- Keep to the RIGHT on the trail.
- Ride single file.
- Travel at a safe speed. Travel at a speed that will not disturb or risk injury to others on the trail. Reduce your speed on sharp turns and blind corners.
- Pass with care. When passing another person, call out, "On your left." If you are the person being passed, acknowledge the signal with a wave and move to the right.
- Ride only in designated areas. Do not ride on park lawns, walks, or foot trails. Riding in undesignated areas is unsafe and can damage the landscape.
- When stopping, move to the right, off the pathway.
- Use proper hand signals when turning. To avoid a collision, drivers need to know where you are going.
- At busy intersections, walk your bike.
- Skate on city sidewalks when on municipal street segments of the trail. In-line skating is not allowed on city streets.
- Wear brightly colored clothing. Make yourself visible to drivers
- Use headlights at night. When it's dark, use a white headlight, mounted on your handlebars or helmet, and a red rear reflector or light.
- Care about your brain! Wear a helmet! Also use appropriate protective equipment such as knee pads for in-line skating. For more on helmet use, see the position paper of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons. (external link)
- Keep Fido leashed and under control at all times. Keep you dog on a short lead so the leash (no longer than 6 feet) doesn't extend across the path, causing a biker or skater to fall onto your dog. Your dog is not allowed in posted areas, which include beaches, picnic areas, children's play areas, and athletic fields. You must pick up your dog's waste immediately for disposal at your home.
Also see other park locations which allow dogs.
Questions? Please contact Trails coordinator Jessica Wineberg at 414-257-4515