Video: How and when to ride on the trails

How to ride on the trails. The right way!

Whether you want to explore the Three Rivers Heritage Trail or travel longer distances via the GAP Trail, Pittsburgh has a variety of trails that provide wonderful bicycling experiences. Watch our 60-second video for guidelines to riding on these beautiful trails.

4 steps to happy trails

1. Slow your roll

It’s not a race! Be sure to slow down while passing pedestrians and other cyclists. Biking at high speeds can startle others and create dangerous situations if they decide to make a quick u-turn or cross the path in front of you.

2. “On your left”

Be sure to give pedestrians and other cyclists an audible signal when passing. Use phrases such as, “on your left” or “passing” when you make your move. Shy? Invest in a bike bell and give them a ring as you approach.

3. Be alert

Stay alert to your surroundings! If wearing headphones while riding on the trail, only put one earpiece in your ear. You may also encounter obstacles such as muddy patches, leaves, or rocks on the trail. Be cautious and alert when traveling around or across them. Trail gravel can be more slippy than paved roads, so remember to check your breaks before riding on the trail.

4. Do your research

The type of bike you choose to ride should vary depending on the terrain. Learn more about surrounding trails in our resources section. Most riverfront trails are accessible by any bike, but certain trails might require a gravel bike or a mountain bike.

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Posted by Alex Shewczyk

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