Trail Safety

Stay safe on the trails!

Some trails are on state, county, town or village roads and share the roadway with vehicles!

Click here to access NYS safety tips for rules for cyclists:  https://www.dot.ny.gov/display/programs/bicycle/safety_laws/safety-tips

and here for pedestrians:  

https://trafficsafety.ny.gov/pedestrian-safety

https://www.ny.gov/programs/pedestrian-safety-action-plan

Smart biking tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: https://one.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/pedbimot/bike/10Smartroutesbicycle/pages/smartroutes.htm

Biking under the influence IS a crime in some states; click here for more information: https://bikeleague.org/sites/default/files/bui_full_chart.pdf

Some trails travel through land where hunting takes place seasonally. Click here to access information about NYS hunting calendars and regulations:  https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/huntseason19.pdf

Click here for information about tick-borne illness and prevention: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/DBCH/Docs/CampsLyme.pdf

Good rules of thumb: 

ALWAYS wear a helmet while biking (not just children!)

Strive to be SEEN: Bright colors, lights, reflective gear

Make NOISE: Wear a whistle; use a bike bell AND announce you're passing on the left


BE SAFE – BE RESPECTFUL

• Leave No Trace (don’t take anything/don’t leave anything)

• Pets must be leashed and waste cleaned up

• Most off-road trails are natural surfaces, which can be uneven/slippery with tripping hazards; wear appropriate footwear

• Bring water, hat, insect repellent (there are ticks!), and a cell phone

• Monitor weather conditions

• Obey traffic laws while on roads

• PEDESTRIANS WALK FACING TRAFFIC

• Cyclists of all ages should wear helmets and reflective clothing

• Observe regulations posted at individual trail locations

• Pets prohibited on Bard College trails and Montgomery Place campus

• Be aware of hunting and trapping schedules in Tivoli Bays area