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Cyclists should yield to all other trail users, unless the trail is clearly marked for bike-only travel.

Trail etiquette: guidelines for cyclists

TO PROMOTE responsible and courteous conduct on shared-use trails in our parks and open spaces, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo appeals to cyclists to observe the following rules of cycling etiquette.

Ride on Open Trails Only. Respect trail and road closures, and do not trespass on private land.

Leave no trace. Be sensitive to the soil. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don’t drop any litter.

Control your bicycle. Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.

Yield to others. Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you’re coming - a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Cyclists should yield to all other trail users, unless the trail is clearly marked for bike-only travel. Cyclists travelling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way downhill-only traffic. Strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.

Never scare animals. Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain).

Plan ahead. Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding - and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient; keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and other appropriate safety gear.