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Riverside Trail etiquette leaves some patrons frustrated

Posted at 5:08 PM, Mar 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-22 19:27:13-04

TULSA, Okla — As the weather warms up, more people are getting out to walk or bike the Riverside Trail system.

One trail user is frustrated with what she said is a "lack of etiquette".

Some parts of the Riverside Trail are separated into two lanes, one for cyclists and one for walkers.

That is not the case in other areas near 96th and Riverside.

Kathy said she's been using the Riverside Trails for four years.

Recently, she has experienced more trail users not being courteous enough to warn another person as they pass.

She said this had caused her on multiple occasions to be startled as a cyclist flew by.

Kathy said when someone gets startled, that can lead to an accident.

She was out pushing her daughter in a wheelchair with her daughter holding their puppy in her lap when a cyclist passed without warning.

"When they went by us really fast, it startled me, and I stopped suddenly, and the dog fell. Franky wasn't hanging on tight enough, so the dog fell onto the concrete and kind of hurt himself, so it's just a safety measure I think," Kathy said.

She said having etiquette is simple, just like when you drive a car, you warn another driver of your action by using your turn signal.

Kathy explained the same goes for the trails; when you are going to pass someone, you should alert them of your actions by saying something like "passing on your left".

While she felt there is a substantial amount of people not using trail etiquette, another trail-goer said he rides his bike often on the trials and feels more times than not people are shouting out those signals.

Alan Cox, a Riverside Trail cyclist, told 2 News, "if I am headed that way going straight down the trail, and I am coming back behind somebody, I yell on your left to give them a little bit of awareness but you know they could be listening to music and everything else, but I just make sure to try and project nice and loud that hey I'm behind you."

Even though Alan and Kathy disagree on how often this courtesy is or is not extended, they both said it's a simple thing that makes the trails safer for everyone.

"It's a minimum effort for maximum safety type of thing," Cox said.

The River Parks Authority said they encourage all trail users to practice safe etiquette and courtesy when using the park system.

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