What are the Oak Leaf Trail trail-use 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.
  • Do not weave in and out between parked cars.
  • Use proper hand signals.
  • Walk your bike at busy intersections.
  • Skate on city sidewalks when on municipal street segments. Skating is not allowed on city streets.
  • Obey trail closures and respect maintenance staff.

Stay on Designated Trail Facilities

  • Respect plants, wildlife, and 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. 
  • Yield to those already on the trail and 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 by calling out, "On your left," or by using your 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

  • Use a leash no longer than 6 feet.
  • Do not let your dog go into an area posted “No Dogs Allowed.”

Be Visible

  • Use headlights and red rear reflector/ light when traveling in low-light conditions.
  • Wear brightly colored or reflective clothing.

Wear a Helmet / Use Protective Gear

  • Care about your brain! Wear a helmet when riding your bike!
  • Use protective equipment such as knee or elbow pads when skating.

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 contact Trails coordinator Jacob Sanchez at 414-257-5087

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