As an avid cyclist and a volunteer on the Olympic Discovery Trail, I see many trail users on a regular basis.
Most are courteous, aware of the trail traveling etiquette and follow the simple safety rules posted on the trail near each of the trailheads.
There have been, however, and continue to be exceptions, users who by their actions put themselves and others at risk for serious injury.
The common rules are quite simple really, shown by the common yield triangle trail sign:
• All trail users yield to equestrians, slow down and announce their presence by voice, indicating the approach of a human.
• Cyclists yield to all trail users.
• Pedestrians have the right of way over cyclists but yield to equestrians.
• And all users should keep right and pass on the left.
Some common issues involve people traveling on the left around blind corners, not yielding to oncoming traffic, walking dogs off-leash, and walking or riding two to four abreast.
Many users, I’m sure are simply not aware of the rules.
Some are disrespectful of them.
Some may be unfamiliar with the the sound of a bell or hearing “On your left!”
Some riders travel over the posted speed limit of 15 mph.
As the mileage grows on the trail and traffic grows, drawing more users it becomes more important that users be aware of and follow the rules and conventions of travel on a non-motorized, shared-use path like the Olympic Discovery Trail.
Jeff L. Selby,