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Bike Path Etiquette illustration. Bikers are passing pedestrians on their left. There are over 60 miles of bicycle paths in Madison. These paths are used by a variety of users; including bicycle commuters, recreational bicyclists, families, pedestrians and skaters. By following a few basic rules, these paths can be shared safely by all users.

  • All users should keep to the right side of the path, except to pass.

  • When traveling side-by-side, stay on the right half of the path.

  • Faster users should yield to slower users.

  • Always travel at a safe speed, with due regard for others. Faster users may want to consider alternate routes to ensure the safety of all users.

  • Pass others on the left by slowing down, giving an audible warning such as calling out, “Excuse me, passing left”, and waiting for a reaction before passing.

  • Move off the pathway when stopping.

  • Be careful when crossing streets and driveways. Watch for traffic and make sure other drivers are aware of the path and your presence.
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