Happy National Bike Month

Tips for biking multi-use trails

There are so many benefits to cycling. It’s a great source of exercise and is economical. It also helps preserve the environment, so thank you for contributing to the health of your community. Read on for some tips on sharing multi-use trails.

Solano County has many paths and trails for bikes, including Lynch Canyon Open Space Park, where you may encounter runners, slow hikers, fast or slow cyclists, equestrians, and cattle.

Please consider these cycling basics at Lynch Canyon, and all parks with multi-use trails:

• Stay to the right unless it’s safe to pass in the center of the trail.
• Stay on the trails to prevent future erosion problems and protect sensitive habitat.
• Wear a helmet.
• Be aware of your surroundings.
• Know when the preserve closes so you don’t get locked in, and follow other park rules.
• Share the trails.

Mutual respect and common sense are golden

Multi-use trail etiquette is that cyclists yield to pedestrians and equestrians. While that’s the general rule, sometimes it makes more sense for a hiker to get out of the way of a fast-approaching cyclist, especially when she’s having a blast coming down a hill! Since horses startle easily, and are large and slow to maneuver, they always have the right-of-way. Please be cautious if our resident cattle are using the trail. They are curious by nature, so allow them time to move off the trail until you can pass easily.

Also, if you missed our Bike & Brews event last month at Rockville Trails Preserve, be sure to check for other new and exciting ways to experience the beautiful, natural parks in this great community. Our goal is for everyone to have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Do something different this month and dust off your two-wheeled devices. And remember, the Bay Area’s 24th Annual Bike to Work Day is May 10.