As we start to experience cooler weather (hopefully!), many of us will head outdoors for walking, running or river activities. Adam Dodson, Canton’s parks and recreation manager, brings us up to date on the latest developments along the Etowah River, and gives us some guidelines for enjoying the trails.
A new canoe/kayak launch will be added to Heritage Park this fall, and will be connected to the park’s new parking lot. Signage will be added to Etowah River Park to show the routes for walkers and bikers.
Here are some tips concerning trail etiquette and safety.
- Pedestrians have the right of way. Faster moving trail users, such as bicyclists, rollerbladers, and skateboarders should yield to walkers and joggers. When the trail is busy, ride single file.
- Communicate before passing. Give a clear warning signal before passing. Signal may be produced by voice, bell or horn. A bicyclist should politely yell, “On your left” before passing to alert those in front of them. Be aware that other people may want to pass you.
- Maintain a safe speed. Please slow down when rounding curves, passing other trail users, traveling downhill, where the trail narrows, approaching intersections or when conditions dictate. Bicyclists will typically be the fastest traffic on a trail. If your speed endangers other trail users, check for alternative routes or consider riding on the road. Selecting the appropriate location for your ride is safer and more enjoyable for all concerned.
- Keep pets on short leashes and remove pet waste. Dogs are welcome on the trail, but please keep them on a short leash in order to keep the trail safe for all users. Additionally, please pick up after your pet. Bags are provided along the trail for waste removal, please deposit bags in trash receptacles.
- Avoid standing still on the trail. It prevents blocking other users and avoids collisions.
- Watch your children. Discourage them from getting in the path of faster-moving traffic, especially cyclists who may have difficulty stopping.
- Wear a helmet. It’s always smart to wear them, especially children, when on any public road, lane or trail.
As always if there’s an emergency, call 911. Report non-emergency concerns to Canton’s parks and recreation department at 770-720-7674.