Proper Greenbelt Etiquette: A Refresher
As someone who probably uses the Greenbelt more than the average person, I've tried to hold my tongue but I simply can't anymore.
For the record, I didn't want to write this post because I know there will be at least one person who'll say "You runners think you own the Greenbelt." Sorry cyclists, we've actually heard you say this out loud as you speed past us without so much as a courteous "on your left." The weather the last few weeks have been absolutely gorgeous and it's great to see so many people out and getting active, but the behavior I've seen over the last few weeks necessitates a refresher course on some basic Greenbelt manners.
The same week that our building was hit with a massive computer virus and my cat was very, very sick in the ICU at West Vet, I also injured my ankle and spent some time in physical therapy. Two weeks ago, I finally got released from PT and was allowed to try my first long run in over a month. I did a short loop that took me over the Friendship Bridge by Boise State. The amount of people who were stopped on the middle of the bridge, texting people, completely unaware of their surroundings was insane. It was hard to navigate your way through, making it very dangerous for runners, cyclists, skateboarders, people on eScooters...well you get the idea.
So that's why it's time to brush up on what is considered proper etiquette on the Greenbelt! Believe it or not, the City of Boise actually has a list of "rules" to follow. I think we all need a refresher course!
Greenbelt Etiquette "Rules"
- Pedestrians have the right of way at ALL TIMES. Cyclists and in-line skaters must be aware of those on feet.
- All Greenbelt users should stay TO THE RIGHT and use caution at bridges and blind corners.
- Pedestrians should walk NO MORE than two abreast.
- Motorized vehicles are NOT permitted on the Greenbelt. However, on the City of Boise's 25 miles of Greenbelt, battery assisted E-bikes and E-scooters are permitted but may not be capable of reaching or exceeding 28 mph.
- Dogs are allowed if and only if they are on a leash. That leash may NOT exceed 8 feet. You are responsible for picking up their doo-doo.
- Bicyclists and in-line skaters are encouraged not to do serious training or maintain fast speeds on the Greenbelt. Competitive events for skaters and cyclists are NOT allowed on the Greenbelt. Foot races are, so don't harass people wearing race bibs.
- Cyclists and skaters MUST notify others when passing. That means you should use that famous, verbal "on your left" or a bell, horn, etc. If you're passing, you're responsible for doing so clearly and not hindering approaching Greenbelt users.
- Smoking is NOT permitted within 20 feet of the Boise Greenbelt. (We had someone mention they live with asthma and this makes it even worse when she's trying to run. We've got your back, girly.)