Safety & Etiquette

It’s important to respect others while on the Trail to ensure a safe and pleasurable environment for all. MTC hopes that you will embrace the Trail’s safety rules. We recommend that you also follow these Safety signs along the Montour Trail help all users have a positive experience.general guidelines from the Trail Safety and Etiquette brochure. Milepost signs reinforce these guidelines.

Cyclists

    • Remember to wear your helmet!
    • Always maintain a safe speed. Most of the Montour Trail is made of crushed limestone, so there can be unexpected gravelly spots, troughs and washouts.

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  • After the winter thaw and heavy rains, the Trail’s surface might be soft, which can affect bike handling. At any time of the year, there can be downed trees. When it snows, the Trail may be slippery (per winter maintenance policy). Check for any posted Trail alerts on the home page. Many people use the Facebook enthusiast group to report (and learn about) unusual or hazardous conditions.
  • E-bikes must comply with MTC mode of transport policy.
  • Safe biking speed is important when many people enjoying the Trail. How fast is too fast? The speed limit is 15 mph, but you should always be prepared to react quickly to what other users do — remember that kids and pets can be unpredictable.
  • Keep right (as cars do on the road ), pass on the left. Warn before passing by ringing a bell or calling out. Warn loudly and early enough for others to react — lots of runners and walkers wear headphones and may not hear you.
  • Don’t block the Trail; ride single file when in congested areas.
  • When stopping, signal your intention, move to the right when it is clear to do so, and step off the Trail so that other users can proceed.
  • In winter, when there are cross-country ski tracks set, avoid riding over them as a courtesy to the users who worked hard to create them.

Walkers and Runners

  • Those running, jogging or walking should keep right. (This is different than walking on a road.)
  • Be sure to share the Trail, and walk or run single file when in congested areas. Stay aware of other users — be especially careful when wearing headphones.

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  • Be predictable. Check before turning around or passing others. Call out to warn others before passing on the left.
  • When stopping to rest, chat or enjoy nature, move to the right and step off the Trail. This is the safest way to avoid a potential collision.
  • Because most of the Montour Trail is made of crushed limestone, there can be unexpected gravelly spots, troughs and washouts. For example, after the winter thaw and heavy rains, the surface might be soft; at any time of the year, there can be downed trees. When it snows, the Trail may be slippery (per winter maintenance policy). Check for any posted Trail alerts on the home page. Many people use the Facebook group to report (and learn about) unusual or hazardous conditions.
  • In winter, when there are cross-country ski tracks set, avoid walking over them as a courtesy to the users who worked hard to create them.

Users with Pets

  • All pets must be on-leash with a maximum length of six (6) feet. Keep your pets under control.
  • Pet walkers should keep right on the Trail.
  • Be predictable and share the Trail. Check before allowing your pet to cross the Trail, particularly in congested areas.

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  • When stopping, move off the Trail — and make sure that your pet is clear of the pathway — so that others can proceed.
  • Always clean up after your pets. Bag the waste and put it in a proper trash container. Waste left behind creates an unsightly and unsanitary mess.
  • Because most of the Montour Trail is made of crushed limestone, there can be unexpected gravelly spots, troughs and washouts. For example, after the winter thaw and heavy rains, the surface might be soft; at any time of the year, there can be downed trees. When it snows, the Trail may be slippery (per winter maintenance policy). Check for any posted Trail alerts on the home page. Many people use the Facebook group to report (and learn about) unusual or hazardous conditions.
  • In winter, when there are cross-country ski tracks set, avoid walking over them as a courtesy to the users who worked hard to create them.

  • Call 911 to report an emergency. Be prepared to give your Milepost location.

    Call 911 to report an emergency. Be prepared to give your Milepost location.

    Emergencies

    If there is an emergency on the Trail, call 911 and give the dispatcher the nearest mile number — Milepost signs are located all along the trail, usually at half-mile points. Local Emergency Services are familiar with the trail and will respond appropriately.

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