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Tips
Etiquette
  • Observe trail rules and signs (view hours and rules).

  • Stay on designated trails.

  • Be courteous to other trail users by using a bell prior to passing.

  • 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.


What to Wear
  • 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.


Walking
  • Some great tips from the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Bicycling
  • 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.

  • To be noticed when riding at night, use a front light and a red reflector or flashing rear light, and use retro-reflective tape or markings on equipment or clothing.
  • 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.


Safety
  • Walk, run, or ride with a partner.

  • Headphones should be played at a low volume and with one earbud so you are well aware of your surroundings. 
  • 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.


Trail Hazards
  • Be aware of trail hazards such as loose gravel, glass, holes, ruts, and low-hanging branches.

  • During the rainy seasons, some under-crossings may be beneath water. DO NOT use under-crossings during high water events.
  • 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).