Safety & Etiquette

Who does the Montour Trail belong to? Everyone! Whether you are walking, jogging, bicycling, cross-country skiing, camping, exercising your pet, introducing your children to the great outdoors, riding an e-bike, cruising in your mobility assist device, even fishing on the first day of trout season, it’s important to respect others while on the Trail. This ensures a safe and pleasurable environment for everyone.

Safety signs along the Montour Trail help all users have a positive experience.

Of course, the MTC hopes that you will embrace the Trail’s safety rules. In addition, we recommend these general guidelines to help all visitors to feel comfortable while on the Trail. You can download the Trail Safety and Etiquette brochure, or check below for our recommendations. There are reminders at Milepost signs that reinforce the guidelines, helping all users to have a positive Trail experience.

Cyclists

  • Remember to wear your helmet!
  • Always maintain a safe speed. 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, which can affect bike handling. At any time of the year, there can be downed trees. Check for any posted Trail alerts on the home page. Many people use the Facebook page to report (and learn about) unusual or hazardous conditions.
  • Safe biking speed is particularly important when there are many people enjoying the Trail. How fast is too fast? 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. Be sure to 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.
  • 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. Check for any posted Trail alerts on the home page. Many people use the Facebook page 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 a 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.
  • When stopping to chat or enjoy nature, move off the Trail — and make sure that your pet is clear of the pathway — so that other users 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. Check for any posted Trail alerts on the home page. Many people use the Facebook page 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.
Montour Trail mile marker

Call 911 to report an emergency on the Montour Trail. 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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