Beginner's Guide to Walking/Running Outside Etiquette

With all of the new Stay-at-Home orders more and more people are walking and running outside.  This is great and something that we highly recommend!  There are running/ walking etiquette that it is important that everyone knows.

1.  WALK/RUN AGAINST TRAFFIC

If there is no sidewalk, walk/run on the left hand side of the road - facing traffic.  This is the law and it allows cars to see you and hopefully move to the other side of the road or slow down.

2. CROSS AT CROSSWALKS AND OBEY TRAFFIC SIGNALS

If there is a cross-walk available, cross the road there.  If you are at a traffic signal, wait until it says "Walk" to do so.  If there is no cross walk, make sure to wait until there are no cars around.

3. BE CAREFUL WITH HEADPHONES

Listening to music or a podcast can be great on a run or a walk.  However, you still need to be able to hear people and traffic around you.  We recommend not running with headphone, wearing headphones that still allow you to hear your surroundings, like Aftershokz, or running with one earbud in.

4. IF ON A TRAIL, RUN/WALK/HIKE ON THE RIGHT

If you are on a trail, sidewalk, or greenway, it is customary to run/walk on the right and pass people on the left. It is also customary to acknowledge people when you are passing with a "On your left" or similar call out.

5. GET OVER FOR BIKES

On any trail, including the greenway, get over for bikes.  They are going faster than you and it is easier for you to get over than for them to do so.  The official rules are that you have the rightaway on trails, but honestly it is easier for you to get over than them.   

6. DO NOT LITTER

Take any and all trash with you or place it in an appropriate trash recepticle.  We want to keep the trails as nice as we can for others.

7. WEAR REFLECTIVE GEAR IF RUNNING EARLY IN THE MORNING, AT NIGHT, OR AT DUSK

Always assume that the person in the car is texting, with a kid crying in the backseat, while s/he is on the phone and also doing somehing else.  Wear reflective gear and carry a light if you are running in the morning, at dusk, or at night.   Shop reflective gear.

8. CARRY IDENTIFICATION

You should always carry some sort of identification on you with an emergency number and any medical notes that someone might need to know.

9. BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS

We are all in this together.  Say hi as you pass someone while maintaining your social distance, smile or nod at others.  If you are running in a group more than one, make sure others can get by you, etc.

10. HAVE FUN!

Walking and running outside can be a lot of fun.  You get to get some Vitamin D, see some of nature, and enjoy some fresh air!

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