It’s time to trade beach bags for backpacks, because school is back in session.

That’s right! Students around the world, and right here in Greater Philadelphia are headed back to the classroom to continue learning, but before they can advance they’ll need to review what they learned last year. We were thinking that it’s time for us to do the same!

Even if you are no longer a student, we can all use a refresh on the trail basics. That’s why we’ve enrolled you in Trail Etiquette 101 – the Circuit Trail user’s crash course guide to staying safe #onthecircuit! So pay attention and take good notes because you never know when there may be a pop quiz on the trails. Let’s get started!

 Photo courtesy of M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia 

Lesson 1: Stay alert

Distractions are everywhere, so it’s up to you to be aware of your surroundings. For some, blasting your favorite soundtrack helps you get through your workout. However, bumping loud music directly in your ears may make it a bit difficult to hear any commotion around you, especially from bikers who may not realize that you have headphones in. Be mindful of yourself and others by staying alert – you’ll stay safe and help others do the same. (As for headphones, one in/one out is the safe bet!)

Photo courtesy of Visit Philadelphia

Lesson 2: Look before passing

The rules of the trails and the rules of the road are very similar. If you are going to pass someone, look behind you and ahead of you to see if anyone is also trying to pass at a higher speed. If you are not passing (or if you just seem to be moving slightly slower than others) stay to the far right for your safety! As for those moving at a slower speed, be sure to stay close to the outside of the trail to allow others to pass.

Photo courtesy of R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Lesson 3: Sharing is caring

If you are with a large group, be mindful of how much trail space you are using. Don’t hog the whole trail, make sure there is enough room for others to pass. If you stop along the trail, move to the side so you are not blocking the path.

Photo courtesy of R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Lesson 4: Mind your pets.

We know our four-legged friends love the trails as much as we do. Pet owners, try to keep your pets close to your side when you see a large amount of people on the trail. With so many wonderful things for your furry friends to sniff, it’s easy for them to accidentally get in others’ ways without realizing it! The best way to ensure that everyone has a great experience on the trails, be sure to always keep your pets on a leash when travelling #onthecircuit.

BONUS LESSON: Make memories #onthecircuit!

Make the most out of your time #onthecircuit. Consider riding with friends, attending an event or explore new areas. Whatever you do, make sure you have fun! The Circuit is meant to be free, safe and fun. Now that you have completed your Trail Etiquette course, we’re counting on you to help us keep it that way!

Be sure to share your notes with your friends and family to help keep them safe #onthecircuit.

If you’re looking to earn a little extra credit, consider taking part in our Circuit Trails Scavenger Hunt! Use your newly learned or refreshed trail etiquette to explore #onthecircuit while you discover news destinations by checking off tasks on the Scavenger Hunt Checklist. This extracurricular could earn you some serious prizes - from water bottles, t-shirts, athletic store discounts to a brand new bicycle! Don’t wait any longer to start playing and become a #CircuitExplorer. The Scavenger Hunt ends on September 20, 2019 – learn how to get in the game today!