Observe trail rules and signs (view hours and rules).
Stay on designated trails.
Be courteous to other trail users.
Stay to right when practical.
Minimize trail erosion by avoiding muddy trails and shortcuts.
Use trash cans where available or carry litter with you.
Respect private property and route closures.
Dress appropriately for the location, time of year and planned activities.
Wear sunglasses and a hat or visor during sunny weather
Wear reflective material at night.
Bicyclists and skaters should wear a properly fitted helmet. A helmet is the single most effective way to prevent head injury resulting from a bicycle crash.
Some great tips from San José 's Department of Transportation.
Bicyclists are considered vehicle operators; they are required to obey the same rules of the road as other vehicle operators, including obeying traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.
Make sure your bike is in good mechanical condition.
Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horse back riders.
Ride in control and stay to the right when practical.
Do not block the trail - pull off the trail when stopping.
Slow down when approaching other trail users or street crossings.
Anticipate riders around corners.
Use a bell or horn, or call out when passing others.
When cycling on street to a trail, cyclists must ride in the same direction as traffic.
Walk, run, or ride with a partner.
During and after storms, which for flooded trails and under-crossings.
If you are alone on the trails, avoid unfamiliar areas.
Let someone know where you will be and when you intend to return.
Carry a cell phone or know where telephones are in the area.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Trust your instincts and avoid areas where you feel uncomfortable.
If you think you are being followed, go to an open business or a lighted house.
Report suspicious behavior to the police by calling 911.
If you wear headphones while on the trail, try to keep them at a volume that allows you to hear others around you.
Be aware of trail hazards such as loose gravel, glass, holes, ruts, and low-hanging branches.
Trail conditions can vary depending on the time of year. Flooded or muddy areas can be hazardous.
Keep your distance from wildlife.
Do not feed wildlife.
Mountain lions and coyotes are occasionally sighted in the more rural areas or the trails. If you see a mountain lion or coyote that is sick, injured or behaving aggressively toward people or pets, call 911 immediately. If you see a mountain lion near a park or trail, call 1-408-793-5510 (Park Concern Hotline).