Share the Trail - Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Be nice. Trails are for everyone.

Trails around the country are becoming increasingly popular among people of all ages, and we couldn’t be more excited! But it’s important to remember that the safety of all users depends on responsible trail behavior by everyone.

Pledge to Share the Trail


Use safe speeds.

Keep right, pass left.

Standing still? Stand aside.

Mind your pets.

Be alert.

Know and follow the rules.

What's this all about?

A growing number of Americans are using their local trails for a variety of activities—from walking and running to biking, horseback riding and more—with the knowledge that trails are good for our health and our wellbeing. That’s why it’s imperative that we all pitch in and make sure we’re being considerate to our fellow trail users—ensuring fun, safe experiences for all.

RTC is pleased to provide this list of six top “Trail Tips,” along with quick tips and stories highlighting each theme. Check back each week for a new TrailBlog story, and feel free to pass along our shareable memes so that you, too, can encourage others to Share the Trail!


Would you like to help spread the word about one or more of our tips? View our Resources Page for shareable graphics and other helpful information.

Take the Pledge!

With more people enjoying pathways every day, we can all do our share to make sure trails are safe and fun for everyone. Take the Share the Trail pledge and be a trail hero today!

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