Regional Parks Open Space Safety Tips

Sacramento County, CA (MPG)  |  By Ken Casparis, Sacramento County

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Sacramento County Regional Parks offers miles and miles of multi-use trails and over 15,000 acres of open spaces for residents and visitors to explore. Whether hiking, biking or horseback riding, we want to make sure our parkway users are safely enjoying our beautiful open spaces.

Here are some tips to help you do just that: Pay attention to your surroundings; Bikes are not allowed on unpaved trails outside of the off-paved cycling area; Horses are only allowed on the equestrian trails; Pedestrians should use the left shoulder of paved trails when available;

Make yourself known; Bikers – use your voice and/or bells to let others know you are approaching; Horseback Riders – call ahead and communicate to other trail users how to approach; Hikers/Walkers/Runners – make eye contact with other trail users. Don’t be afraid to say “hello!”; Make sure you can hear other trail users. This may mean limiting the use of headphones/earbuds;

Know who has the right of way. Those traveling uphill and horses have the right of way. If traveling downhill on a narrow path, step aside to allow uphill traffic to pass. When necessary, travel single files and do not block the trail.

Watch your speed. The MAXIMUM speed on Regional Parks multi-use trails is 15 mph. If you can’t see well ahead of you, slow down!

All dogs must be on leashes. Leashes must be no more than 6 feet in length;

Yield to horses and don’t crouch. Horses are naturally skittish animals; always ask for permission before approaching or touching a horse. Watch out for snakes. As the weather warms up, the snakes come out.

Obey all posted signs; Emergency call boxes can be found along the multi-use trail. If you require assistance and are not near an emergency call box, call 911. For non-emergencies, you can call 916-875-PARK (7275) or make a report through 311.

Other tips for enjoying your Regional Parks: Please do not litter. Take out what you bring in; Be kind to your surroundings; Be careful when touching plants and do not remove them from the ground.

For more information on safely enjoying your regional parks, visit the Regional Parks website at www.regionalparks.saccounty.net/Parks