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Share the Trail

Visitors on Roseville's popular trails will notice Share the Trail signs. As on other regional paths like the American River Trail, bicyclists keep to the right lane, except to pass. While pedestrians keep to the left lane, so they can see approaching cyclists. With courtesy, common sense, and a few safety tips, all visitors can have a safe and enjoyable experience. Watch the brief video below for more information.

Trail Signs:



Tips to Share the Trail

Roseville's trails are a great place for fun, recreation and transportation for people of all ages and skill levels. Follow these Guidelines for respectful and responsible use of Roseville's trails so they can be enjoyed by everyone!

All Users

  • Be Aware, Look and Listen
    • Avoid sudden movements and act predictably.
    • Establish eye contact when passing.
    • Look before switching lanes or directions of travel.
    • Avoid covering both ears with headphones as it can be difficult to hear what's going on around you -- this is the law for bicyclists.
  • Don't Block the Trail
    • Avoid stopping in the middle of the trail, on bridges, or on other narrow areas of the trail.
    • When you need to stop, move to the edge of the trail or trail shoulder.
    • Leave room for others to pass.
    • Spectators at sporting events should not use the trail for seating.


  • Pedestrians Keep Left to Face Oncoming Bicyclists. Directing pedestrians to the left side is beneficial because:
    • When pedestrians are on the right side of the trail they can't see bicyclists approaching from behind.
    • It allows pedestrians to see oncoming bicyclists, which assists successful negotiation of the passing movement through eye contact, body language, signals, and verbal communication.
    • In the future, some Roseville trails will connect to trails in other jurisdictions that already guide pedestrians to walk on the left side.
    • Walking on the left side of the trail is similar to the vehicle code requirement that pedestrians walk on the left side of a road when sidewalks are not present.
  • Don't Block the Trail by traveling no more than two abreast and leaving room for others to pass.

Bicyclists, Rollerbladers & Skaters

  • Travel at a Safe Speed, Bikes Yield to Pedestrians
    • Slower traffic has the right of way.
    • Slow down at bridges, tight turns, intersections, and when approaching others.
    • Keep right unless passing.
    • Slow down when passing.
    • Use audible warnings when passing.
    • Use lights when dark.
  • Don't Block the Trail
    • Bicycle single file, especially near bridges, tight turns, intersections, and when approaching others.
  • Always Wear a Helmet

Dog Walkers

  • Keep dogs under control and on leash: dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6'
    • Dog owners must clean up after dogs
    • Dogs must remain on the trail at all times and are not permitted in open space or preserve areas.

The Share the Trail trail etiquette guidelines were reviewed by the Parks & Recreation Commission at the June 14, 2010 meeting and the Transportation Commission at the June 15, 2010 meeting. The trail sign is based on public survey input.


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