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Trail Etiquette & Safety

Delaware & Lehigh - Trail Etiquette & Safety
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Be nice and share the D&L Trail

The D&L Trail is a multi-use trail designed for hikers, walkers, bikers, runners, and in some sections horses and snowmobiles. The D&L Trail is an inclusive space that welcomes people of all walks of life regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, level of physical ability, income, and recreation preferences. To maintain this inclusive and safe environment, we hope that all trail users will be nice and share the trail heeding to some basic guidelines.

Here are some general guidelines to help create a culture of proper trail etiquette. It is important to:

  • Be friendly –a smile, wave, or hello can go a long way.
  • Be courteous-respect other trail users regardless of their mode, speed or level of skill.
  • Be predictable – travel in a consistent and predictable manner.
  • Be careful – Be in control and paying attention especially at pinch points or intersections.
  • Give an audible warning before passing – bells or say on your left. Try not to startle.

The Rails to Trails Conservancy recommends the following general guidelines:

  • Use safe speeds.
  • Keep right, pass left.
  • Standing still? Stand off the trail.
  • Mind your pets and others.
  • Be alert.

In times of social distancing:

  • Carry a mask. While it is not required outdoors when 6 feet of social distancing is possible, it’s important to carry as social distancing is not always possible on the D&L Trail.
  • Do not recreate in groups. Practice social distancing and increase your distance and limit interactions with other trail users.
  • Go to bathroom at home. Many, normally open, restrooms will be closed.
  • Leave no trace. Pack out what you bring in. Many trash facilities will not be serviced during this time period.
  • Be safe and do not take any unnecessary risks. Our medical systems are at their limit and we want to avoid accidents that would require additional medical services.
  • Take hand sanitizer with you and use it regularly.
  • Do not touch public services, such as benches or water fountains, unless necessary.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before and after outdoor recreation and after touching any public surfaces.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, and nose.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow.
  • If you are sick, stay home.