How to Ride on a Trail

How to ride on Pittsburgh’s 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.

Cycling Tips: Proper Trail Etiquette

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. Remember, our trails have a 15 mile per hour speed limit.

“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.

Stay alert

Be aware of 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.

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.

Remember these tips

Whether you’re exploring or commuting, Pittsburgh’s trails offer a scenic route for cyclists and pedestrians to experience a more natural landscape during their travels. It’s important to practice proper trail etiquette to ensure safe riding for all. Thanks for watching, and feel free to share with a friend!

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1 Comment

  • epg1313 says:

    You should have an article about “How to walk on a trail”: 1. Keep to the right. 2. Go single file when a bike is passing on the left. 3. Use a leash short enough to prevent your dog from walking across the whole trail. 4. Always walk BEHIND your children so you know where they are at all times.

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