FUTS Trail Courtesy

Guidelines for Trail Courtesy

Share the trail.

Flagstaff’s FUTS trails are designed to accommodate a variety of users – pedestrians, joggers, bicyclists, skateboarders, and in-line skaters. Showing courtesy and following a few simple, common sense guidelines will make using the FUTS safe and enjoyable for everyone.

Keep to the right.

All FUTS users should keep to the right side of the path except when passing or turning left. If you stop along the trail, move off the path to the right.

Signal to others.

When approaching other trail users, bicyclists should sound their horn or bell, or call out, then pass on the left. Pedestrians should acknowledge with a wave and move to the right side of the path.
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Yield the right-of-way.

Bicyclists, in-line skaters, and skateboarders must yield to pedestrians on FUTS trails. Pedestrians always have the right-of-way.

Check your speed.

Bicyclists should slow when approaching and passing other trail users. Travel at a speed appropriate for the conditions that allows you to be in control.

Be predictable.

Travel in a consistent and predictable manner. Always look behind before changing position on the trail.

Be careful in crosswalks.

Vehicles turning across the trail at a driveway or side street pose a particular hazard to trail users. Motorists turning right are looking to the left and may not see trail users on their right. Left-turning motorists are looking ahead for gaps in traffic and may not be paying attention to the trail at all.

Trail users should be especially alert and cautious at side street or driveway crossings. Make eye contact with drivers and be sure they see you before crossing. Cyclists should slow down prior to entering the crosswalk, to look for turning vehicles and to give motorists a chance to see you.

Control your pet.

By law, pet owners in Flagstaff are required to keep their pets on a leash while using the FUTS trail. The law also requires owners clean up after their pets.

Headphone hazards.

Keep the volume sufficiently low so you can hear other trail users approaching.

Be visible.

Bicycles on the trail at night must be equipped with a headlight and taillight or rear reflector, just like when riding on the road.

Respect private lands.

Many FUTS trails pass through private land. Help protect trail access for the future by being courteous and respectful, and by staying on the trail.