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The Yield Triangle

Guest - April 25, 2016

Columbia, MD: The yield triangle is an illustration depicting the standard of yielding between different user groups while out on a greenway or other multipurpose trail. It is important to respect the yield triangle while out on the trail to be considerate of other people and to promote a safe trail environment.

For hikers and cyclists it is imperative to be cautious around horseback riders. This is because horses are large animals that have the potential to spook easily, posing a safety hazard to the rider, horse, or even the hiker or biker. It is always best to communicate with the rider to find out exactly what you should do in order to pass them. Every horse is different.

Cyclists should always be considerate of all other people on the trail; this is because bikes have a mechanical advantage and can move at efficient speeds. To pass others while out on the trail make yourself known by ringing a bell or by clearly stating, "passing on the left!". Sometimes, bikes will have to come to a complete stop to let others pass, such as riding on a multi-use single track trail. As a cyclist, one should always ride in control and be prepared to slow down or stop to let others pass.

Have a great time while out on the trail, adventure on!


Steph and Andy – Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East

Leave No Trace’s Steph Whatton and Andy Mossey are part of the 2016 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, REI, Fjall Raven, ENO, Deuter, Thule, and SmartWool.

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