Running and Biking on Trail

As we begin the transition into fall, the inviting weather draws everyone outside. With the large amount of people on trails, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors, it’s important to respect others around you while working out. Here are a few reminders on how to maintain courtesy to others when hitting the trail.

Greeting Others- It is inevitable that you will pass people on trails and while exercising. When seeing others, it is polite to extend a brief “hello” and send a smile. This shows that you acknowledged their passing and serves as a friendly gesture. Mot people working out are strictly there for the purpose of exercising and not to make long conversation.

Make Others Aware- If you are biking or running always make sure you announce yourself to the people in front of you to ensure that they move aside and avoid running into you.

Do Your “Doo-ty”- There’s nothing more enjoyable than bringing man’s best friend along for a walk, however a walk can quickly be ruined by an unsettling smell from our furry friends. Make sure you always bring little baggies with you and pick up after your pet.

Walking

The “Right” Rule - The same rule of driving on the right side of the road applies when you are walking or running on trails. If you are walking in a largely populated area always make sure to stay towards the right to allow runners or bikers to pass you more easily.

Yielding- If you are going to take a long pause on a walking path, make sure to move yourself to the side to yield for others. We all know how annoying and unbecoming it is to have to dodge people talking in the middle of a walkway.

Avoid Littering- Trashcans can be few and far between however it is important to always throw away your trash. Even if you see others trash on the ground be a team player for the environment and your community and pick it up and throw it away.

Group Walking- Walking in a group tends to take up more space on a path. If you are a member of a group and you see people approaching to pass you, walk single file or double up depending on the size of the path. Always share the walkway to allow people to move by with ease.

Prepare for Dusk/ Dawn- Sometimes taking a run in the early morning or late at night is more convenient for a person. If you are going to work out at dusk or dawn always wear reflective clothing or reflectors.  Not only does this keep you safe it also keeps other people safe. Drivers depend on reflective gear to be aware of pedestrians, always make sure you are prepared to ensure safety for everyone.

We all want people to be encouraged to maintain a healthy lifestyle and enjoy working out. Keep these tips in mind next time you are exercising outdoors to ensure that everyone has a pleasant experience.

Remember when you were little and a stray dog or cat would wander into your yard?  If you were like me, you immediately got water, food, or a saucer of milk and befriended the needy animal.

Times may have changed, but there are still many furry friends who need us.  In fact, there are more than ever.

Around 8 million animals find their way to a shelter each year.  And there are many more who still roam our neighborhoods.  Who takes care of them?  No one.  This is why they are so dependent on those who care enough to leave a bit of food and water outside.  Animals need guardian angels.

As an etiquette consulting company, we spend a lot of time encouraging people to be kind and attentive to others around us.  But when we extend this courtesy to more than just the people around us, and include animals, and Mother Earth, we create an entirely new (and larger) level of respect.

Some things to consider when it comes to animals:

If you are not able to adopt a pet, we encourage you to support your local animal shelter.  Even when you can’t directly help someone in need, it’s always good to support them
as you can.

On behalf of all the animals in our lives, we thank you!