The American River Bike Trail is used by millions of people each year for bicycling, jogging, walking, skating and horse-back riding. With a high count of people using the trail for a variety of uses, the probability of accidents increases. As a result, Sacramento County has published a list of bike trail rules and regulations for bike trail users.The goal of the following list of Sacramento County Parks rules and regulations is a safer bike trail for all bike trail users. Please review and practice the following when using the bike trail:
Pass on the left – Be sure when you are passing someone, stay on their left saide and move to the right after you have passed them. Call out “Passing on your left” to ensure taht you do not startle the person you are passing who may not know you are there.
Pull completely off the trail if you need to stop – By pulling off the trail, you are less likely to get hit by bike traffic and cause and accident.
Wear a helmet – It’s required for children under 18 years of age and it’s a good idea for adults as well.
Obey all traffic signs – Be sure to yield to traffic signs and follow any detour signs. Make sure you watch for car traffic, particularly where it crosses the bike trail.
Pay attention when you ride – Don’t wear headphones and make sure you keep your eyes on the road to look for potential hazards. Stay in you lane.
Ride in single file – Even if you are in a group, ride single-file helps keep the trail clear of congestion and reduced the chances of an accident.
The trail speed limit is 15 mph – The trail is not designed for extreme biking and too much speed can be a hazard to you and those around you.
Stay on the paved trail – Bicycles are not allowed on non-paved trails on the Parkway.
The trail is best used by experienced riders – while there is no age limit for bike riders, the bike trail is probably not the best place for someone to learn to ride a bike. Children and adults who visit the trail should know how to ride.
Riding in the dark – When riding in the dark, bicyclists are required to wear a forward facing white light that is bright enough to be visible from 300 feet and from the sides of the bicycle.
Use the left shoulder when it is accessible to you – Joggers and walkers should stay on the dirt shoulder off the pavement to minimize the chance of an accident.
Stay single file – This reduces the chance of people straying onto the paved trail and potentially being involved in an accident. If you want to walk with a group of people, it is recommended that you either walk along the levee or move away from the bike trail.
Keep your dog on a short leash – Dogs are not allowed to be off-leash along the American River Parkway. Do not use an extended leash, as the dog can run out across the trail and potentially cause an accident.
Other Parkway Traffic
Equestrians – Horses are only allowed on the horse trail. Be sure to let people know when it is safe to pass your horse when you encounter others. It is recommended that equestrians wear helmets and only use the trail during the day to avoid potential hazards or obstacles that may be hidden from view in the dark.
Skaters – Both roller skating and rollerblading are permitted on the trail, and all skaters must obey the same rules as bicyclists. Skateboarders are NOT permitted on the Parkway.
No motorized traffic – No motorized traffic is permitted on the trail.
If you have an emergency while on the bike trail, you can find an emergency call box to call for help. Be sure to let them know your location on the trail by reading the closest mile marker to you and reporting it to emergency personnel. Contact Park Ranger Dispatch at 916-875-PARK (7275) to request assistance. If you are within the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, you may contact the State Park Rangers at 916-988-7322 to report an emergency.
Source: County of Sacramento Regional Parks Division