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Model Non-Motorized Trail Ordinance Multi-use, Non-Motorized, Bicycle Trails





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A. No person shall travel on a trail at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing. In every event, speed shall be controlled as may be necessary to avoid colliding with others who are complying with the law and using reasonable care.

B. No person shall travel on a trail in a negligent manner. For the purpose of this section "travel on a trail in a negligent manner" shall be construed to mean any form of travel on a trail in such a manner as to endanger or be likely to endanger any persons or property.

C. For the purpose of this section "travel" shall be construed to include all forms of movement or transportation on a trail, including but not limited to foot, bicycle, horse, skateboard, rollerskates and in-line skates.

D. Every person traveling on a trail shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device applicable thereto placed in accordance with applicable laws unless otherwise directed by a police officer.

E. Every person who shall use or travel on a trail shall obey the Model Trail User Code of Conduct.

F. Model Trail User Code of Conduct:

1. USING A TRAIL. Every person using a trail shall stay as near to the right side of the trail as is safe, except when preparing to make or making a turning movement or while overtaking and passing another user moving in the same direction.

2. REGARD FOR OTHER TRAIL USERS. Every user shall exercise due care and caution to avoid colliding with any other trail user. All users shall travel in a consistent and predictable manner.

3. GROUPS ON TRAIL. No group of trail users, including their animal(s), shall occupy more than half the trail as measured from the right side, so as impede the normal flow and reasonable movement of trail users..

4. AUDIBLE SIGNAL WHEN PASSING. Every user shall give an audible signal before passing another trail user. The signal must be produced in such a manner as to allow adequate time for response. The signal may be given by voice, bell or horn.

5. OVERTAKING TRAIL USERS. Trail users shall yeild to slower and on-coming trail users. Any trail user overtaking another trail user proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left of such overtaken user at a safe distance, and shall stay to the ldft until safely clear of the overtaken user.

6. ENTERING AND CROSSING TRAIL. Trail users entering or crossing trail at uncontrolled points shall yeild to traffic on the trail.

7. STOP OFF OF TRAIL. When stopping, trail users shall move off of the trail.

8. LIGHTS ON TRAIL USERS. All trail users, using a trail from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise shall be equiped with lights. Bicyclists shall have a headlight visible from five- hundred feet to the front and a red or amber light visible from five-hundred feet to the rear. Other trail users should have white lights visible from two-hundred fifty feet to the front, and a red or amber light visible from two-hundred fifty feet to the rear.

9. TRAIL USE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS. A person shall not travel of be present on a trail:
i.  With an alcohol concentration in his blood or breath of 0.08 or more, based on the definition of blood and breath units; or
ii.  Under the influence of alcohol or any drug or combination of drus to an extent that the person's ability to use the trail safely is impaired to a substantial degree.

11. LITTERING TRAIL. People shall not willfully leave glass, paper, cans, plastic, nails, tacks, animal waste, or any other debris on or near a trail

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