~Bike Trail Path Explained~

Thank you for your inquiry about directional signage on the City’s multi-use trails. Feel free to use the information provided below to write the article you mentioned. Let me know if you would prefer the City provide an article for you and/or if you have any questions.

The City’s Share the Trail Etiquette program which includes Share the Trail signs and directional pavement stencils was developed through an extensive public engagement process which included pedestrians and bicyclists who use Roseville trails, and, ultimately, City Council approval. The guidelines are similar to those used on other trails in the region and nationally.

The program was developed to encourage courteous, considerate use of the trails within the recommended guidelines. Trail etiquette guidelines instruct bicyclists to keep right, which is the same direction of travel they are instructed to use on roads, and travel at a safe speed. Pedestrians are instructed to keep left to face oncoming traffic, which is the safest direction of travel whether walking on a sidewalk next to a road, or walking on a multi-use trail. Bicyclists and pedestrians alike must adjust their path of travel to accommodate each other, which may mean scooting over, moving to single file, and/or slowing down to adjust to existing conditions and other trail users. You can find more information at roseville.ca.us/ShareTheTrail.

Installation of Share the Trail signs and stencils will resume as trail maintenance crews are able to work in teams again while adhering to the COVID-19 health emergency guidelines. Soon, all City trails will have consistent messaging about trail etiquette.

To stay updated about trail projects, please go to roseville.ca.us/bikeways. You can also subscribe to receive Trail Alerts at this same link.

Thank you again for reaching out.

“Please call Alternative Transportation (916) 774-5293 or email: transportation@roseville.ca.us if you have comments or suggestions.”

We know many might be confused about which side to walk and ride on. This image below from Roseville's Share the Trail site might better help you understand the direction to walk and ride on. We know it feels opposite to the direction of driving a car, but it does improve safety on the trail with walkers and bikers always facing each other.