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    Say Hello

    SAFE TRAILS. We’re all here to enjoy the beauty,
    adventure and wilderness of Marin’s public lands.
    Turns out, we have a lot in common. Whether
    you’re on foot, hooves or wheels, slow and say
    “hello” when you pass fellow travelers.
    We all deserve safe trails.
    Be a partner. Spread the word!

  • trail
    Say Hello

    SAFE TRAILS. We’re all here to enjoy the beauty,
    adventure and wilderness of Marin’s public lands.
    Turns out, we have a lot in common. Whether
    you’re on foot, hooves or wheels, slow and say
    “hello” when you pass fellow travelers.
    We all deserve safe trails.
    Be a partner. Spread the word!

  • ocean
    Say Hello

    SAFE TRAILS. We’re all here to enjoy the beauty,
    adventure and wilderness of Marin’s public lands.
    Turns out, we have a lot in common. Whether
    you’re on foot, hooves or wheels, slow and say
    “hello” when you pass fellow travelers.
    We all deserve safe trails.
    Be a partner. Spread the word!

About Us

Trail Partners is a collaboration of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, the Marin Horse Council and the Marin Conservation League.

Our Common Goals are Trail Safety and Resource Protection.

We are supported by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Marin County Parks & Open Space, California State Parks, Marin Municipal Water District, and Point Reyes National Seashore.

Join us in our efforts to create and maintain safe trails and a healthy ecosystem for future generations to also enjoy, appreciate and protect. Volunteer. Donate.

Download our brochure.

Trail Safety.

WALKERS+HIKERS+
JOGGERS
EQUESTRIANS
MOUNTAIN BIKERS
  • SHARING THE TRAIL

    Stay alert. Be on the lookout for faster trail users – bikers, runners, and equestrians.

    Allow room for others to pass. If necessary, walk in single file and don’t block the trail.

    Yield to horses. All trail users are expected to yield to equestrians.

    Train your dog to be accustomed to trail walking and other trail users.

    Control your dog and obey 6-foot leash law where required.

    SAFE COMMUNICATION

    Don’t tune out. Wear only one ear bud so you can hear others coming.

    Avoid startling other trail users. If you are a runner, make your presence known, particularly when approaching from behind.

    Say “hello!” to approaching bikers. Let them know when and how it’s safe for them to pass.

    Ask for an equestrian’s direction to pass. Stop, stay visible, and ask the rider if it is okay to pass. Your voice says you’re a human, not a predator.
     
     

  • Sharing The Trail

    Yield when it’s safer to do so. All other trail users are expected to yield to equestrians, but sometimes it’s safer to yield to others.

    Pass Slowly. Horses can be intimidating to others.

    Train your horse to be accustomed to trail riding and other trail users.

    Stay calm. It helps your horse remain calm.

    SAFE COMMUNICATION

    Pay attention to your horse. He will hear and sense others before you do. Call out, “I’m on a horse; please say ‘hello.’”

    Direct others how to pass. Others may be unfamiliar with horses and horse safety, so take the lead to direct a safe passing.

    Help others to act safely. Ask them to move to the downhill side of the trail so you can pass; horses perceive upslope creatures to be predators.

    Look ahead, look behind. Be alert to other trail users behind as well as ahead so you can help others act safely around your horse.

     

  • Sharing The Trail

    Yield to all other trail users. If you’re riding downhill, you should also yield to uphill cyclists.

    Obey speed rules. Obey the 15 mph speed limit, and maintain control of your bike; slow to 5 mph when approaching other users and blind turns.

    Expect to encounter others moving slowly. Always reduce your speed and stop if necessary for safe passing.

    Move to the side of the trail when passing on narrow trails. Stop, if necessary before passing.

    SAFE COMMUNICATION

    Don’t tune out. Wear only one ear bud so you can hear others coming.

    Avoid startling other trail users. Make your presence known, particularly when approaching from behind. Bells help at a distance, but your voice is better.

    Ask for an equestrian’s direction to pass. When you approach an equestrian, stop and say “hello!”, stay visible, and ask the rider if it’s okay to pass. Your voice tells a horse you are human, not a predator.

Say Hello and put yourself in my shoes

Resource
Protection.

YOU ARE A VISITOR IN WILDLIFE’S HOME.
  • ENJOY YOUR EXPERIENCE!

    Tune in to nature and your surroundings.
    Be aware of the wildlife that surrounds you.
    Dogs and wildlife don’t mix! Have fun with your dog but always be in control.

  • APPRECIATE THE BEAUTY!

    Stay on designated trails to avoid damaging rare plants and sensitive habitats in grasslands, wetlands, streams, and woodlands.
    “Leave no trace!” Pack out your trash and dog waste.

  • PROTECT PARK RESOURCES!

    Close any gates you open after you pass through.
    Be alert for, and avoid, small creatures on the trail.
    Keep off wet roads and trails. Deep tracks or prints mean it’s too wet and damages the trail. Today’s erosion is tomorrow’s stream pollution.

Legacy

Events

Slow & Say Hello! will be at these volunteer activities on June 6, National Trails Day

Slow Zone coming to Lake Lagunitas!

The pilot program designates roads and trails circling Lake Lagunitas as a place for all users to become more aware of safe trail behaviors.
Saturday’s April 9 and 16 from 9 am to 12 pm and Sunday, May 1 from 9 am to 12 pm

 
New distinctive signage that promotes safe trail behaviors will be installed to identify the Slow Zones. The permanent signs ask cyclists and runners to reduce their pace in the zone from the legal 15 mph maximum down to 10 mph, and 5 mph when passing or around blind corners. In addition, temporary trail signage with key safety messages will be positioned to boost messaging during outreach events. The temporary signs ask all users to announce themselves when passing, not to wear headphones so they can hear other users approach, and to not block the trail.

Lake Lagunitas - Build a bridge

Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD)

Location: Shadyside and Berry Trails (park at Lake Lagunitas)

Project: Help build a redwood trail bridge

Hours: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

RSVP: Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Coastal Trail - Trail work

GGNRA/Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Location: Coastal Trail at Bolinas Ridge

Project: Remove overgrown vegetation and tripping hazards from the trail surface

Hours: 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

RSVP: Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

White Hill Trail - Trail work

Marin County Open Space

Location: White Hill Trail near Brown Bridge off Sir Francis Drake Blvd

Project: Trail work and broom pull

Hours: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

RSVP: Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Estero Trail - Repair fencing

Point Reyes National Seashore

Location: Estero Trail

Project: Build ranch fencing to prevent trail erosion and ocean sedimentation

Hours: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

RSVP: Point Reyes National Seashore Association

or email volunteer@ptreyes.org

Volunteer

Trail Partners would love your help to disperse our Say Hello campaign materials. Volunteer oopportunities include:

Assisting on National Trail Day, Saturday, June 6, 2015 at our campaign launch activities. Information »

Distributing our Say Hello brochure to local land managers, sporting goods stores, bike shops, etc. Information »

Trail Ambassadors at future events TBD to share our campaign message. Information »