Some Tips for Sharing the Path/Trail
For bicyclists and In-Line Skaters:
For Pedestrians and Joggers:
- Always yield to pedestrians.
- Give an audible warning when you're passing
another bicyclist or other path/trail user.
- Remember to stay single file in congested
areas, places with reduced visibility, or anywhere else
that may be dangerous.
For Everyone to keep in mind:
- Watch and listen for other path/trail users.
- Be especially alert when running.
- Let faster path/trail users safely pass you.
- Share the path/trail and be courteous to other users!
- Stay to the right; pass on the left.
- Respect other people's property.
- Keep dogs on a leash no more than 8 feet in length,
and clean up after them.
Some Tips for Sharing the Road
For Pedestrians and Joggers:
- Wear A Helmet: It's the law for bicyclists 14
and under, but EVERYONE should ALWAYS wear one!
- Ride With Traffic: Ride on the right side of the street
in the SAME direction as traffic is moving. Ride single
file and stay about a car door's width away from parked
cars. Watch for cars using the shoulder as a travel lane.
- Follow The Rules: The same traffic laws apply to bicyclists
and drivers. Obey all signs and signals, and follow lane
markings. Keep your eyes on the road!
- Use Signals: Clearly show your intentions when making turns
and changing lanes.
- Stay Alert: When turning or crossing the street, make sure
that drivers see you by making eye contact. Watch out
for hazards like storm grates, slick or uneven pavement
surfaces, and other potential road obstructions.
- Lock Up: Always lock your bike.
- Sidewalks and Bicycles: Pedestrians have priority on sidewalks.
Young children can ride on sidewalks, except where there
are a lot of people walking. As a rule, adults shouldn't
ride their bikes on the sidewalk unless alter-natives
- Riding At Night: Minimize night riding, but DO outfit your
bike with lights and reflectors as required by NJ State
- Be Prepared To Stop: Don't ride one-handed and always be
ready to brake with two hands. If it's raining, you need
to allow more time to stop.
For Everyone to Keep in Mind:
- Cross Safely: Cross at intersections and obey
traffic signals. You have the right-of-way in a crosswalk
but you must still be careful and alert. If you are not
at a crosswalk, yield to vehicles.
- Use the Safest Option: It's preferable to walk or jog on
a sidewalk or a path/trail, and to cross at marked crosswalks.
- Stay To The Left, Face Traffic: When a sidewalk or path/trail
isn't available, walk on the shoulder to the extreme LEFT
of the road and FACE APPROACHING TRAFFIC!
- Be On The Lookout For Drivers and Bicyclists: If you are
crossing the street, always look LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT, watch
for turning vehicles, and be sure that drivers and bicyclists
see you. If in doubt, wait to cross. It is also helpful
to wear light colored clothing. Having the legal right-of-way
doesn't protect you from careless drivers!
- Bicyclists should yield to pedestrians.
- Cross intersections as quickly as safety allows.
- Stop, look, and listen!
- Watch out for turning vehicles.
- Having the legal right of way doesn't protect you from careless drivers.