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BicyclesShare the Trail: User Guidelines for Multi-Use Trails

Trails for non-motorized use like the ones around White Rock Lake have become very popular. A consequence of their success is congestion. With this, a major issue has become safety. Whether you cycle, walk, jog, skate, or walk a dog, if you follow the same set of rules as everyone else, your experience will be safer and more enjoyable.

BE COURTEOUS

All users, including bicyclists, joggers, walkers, wheelchairs, skateboarders and skaters, should be respectful of other users regardless of their mode, speed, or level of skill.

DON’T BLOCK THE TRAIL

When in a group, avoid using more than half the trail. Keep pets on a short leash and to the right of the trail.

BE PREDICTABLE

Travel in a consistent and predictable manner. Always look behind before changing position on the trail.

KEEP RIGHT

Stay to the right side of the trail, except when passing another user.

PASS ON THE LEFT

Pass others, going in your direction, on THEIR LEFT, Look ahead and back to make sure the lane is clear before pulling out. Pass with ample separation and do not move back to the right until safely past. Faster traffic is responsible for yielding to slower and on-coming traffic.

GIVE AUDIBLE SIGNAL WHEN PASSING

A frequently used warning is…”Passing on your left”. A clear warning signal may be produced by voice, bell, or horn.

YIELD WHEN ENTERING & CROSSING TRAILS

When entering or crossing a trail, yield to traffic on the trail.

NIGHT USE

From dusk until dawn, bicycles on trail should be equipped with lights. Bicyclists should have a white light visible from 500 feet to the front and a red or amber light or reflector visible from five-hundred feet to the rear. Reflective clothing is recommended for all trail users at night.

HELMETS REQUIRED

All bicyclists are required by City of Dallas ordinance to wear safety helmets while riding on trails and public streets.

REMOVE LITTER

Please do not leave glass, paper, cans or any other debris on or near the trail. If you drop something, remove it immediately.

HAVE YOU OUTGROWN TRAILS?

If your speed or style endangers other users, seek alternative routes better suited to your needs. Selecting the right location is safer and more enjoyable for everyone.

CITY ORDINANCES

Helmet Law – City Code Chap. 8, Sec. 9.8

Bicyclists are required to follow traffic laws – City Code Chap. 9

Dogs must be on a leash and within control of the owner at all times – City Code Chap. 32, sec. 32-6

Dog owners must pick up waste after pets (Poop Scoop Law) – City Code Chap. 7, Sec. 7-4.8

No swimming is allowed in White Rock Lake

No alcohol or open containers are allowed on park property, including White Rock Lake Park. Permits are available for special events – City Code Chap 32, Sec. 32-39.

City park hours are 5 am – midnight

THANK YOU FOR MAKING DALLAS TRAILS FUN AND SAFE FOR ALL USERS!

This information is adapted by the City of Dallas from the model Path Users Ordinance developed by the international bicycle fund.