Katie had mentioned in a comment about what was proper etiquette for multiuse trails and paths. This is separate from riding/walking in the streets. Too many times, people get on a path and just do whatever they want, not realizing there are rules you should follow to prevent inconveniencing others or worse, causing an accident. Sometimes these may be posted at the trail head, but not always.
People actually tie their dogs to this sign. I don’t know if they are being ironic or just don’t read it.
No matter what your mode of transport (feet, bike, roller blades) – stay to the right. Unless you live in a country where driving occurs on the wrong left side, always be on the right side of the path. You should always be passed on the left side and those people need room to do so safely.
Don’t walk in groups side by side. If you have multiple people in your group, do not spread across the path. Most times when people are in large groups, they are talking and are not paying attention to what is going on around them. At most, 2 people across and only if there is room to do so leaving adequate space on the other side. Also, do not bike in groups like this either. Cyclists should ride single file unless there is *plenty* of room for oncoming path users and for people to pass you on the left.
Never just stop dead on the path. If you need to stop for whatever reason, move off to the side off of the pathway itself. You never know who may be coming up fast behind you or if you are on a path with curves or a narrow portion and you aren’t visible.
Let people know when you are coming up behind them. Whether you are a jogger passing a walker or a biker passing, signal to the people in front of you that you are approaching. You can use a bell or horn or just give a holler. I usually say “Passing on your left” which lets them know I am back there and getting ready to pass and on what side. Also try to give them enough time to hear you and process that in order to react.
Short leash your dogs. If you are walking with your dog on a path, first make sure they are allowed there. If so, keep them on a short leash. As a biker, I can tell you it is really scary to be coming along and have a dog on a long leash come across the path in front of you. And don’t forget to pick up their poo 😀
Headphones – this is such a touchy subject. You should always be able to hear someone trying to connect with you, so keep your music at a level that makes that possible. I can’t tell you how many times I have shouted as I was passing a jogger/walker with headphones on and they didn’t hear me. Then I scare them coming by. I personally don’t think bikers should wear headphones because you are just moving so fast that you need to be very aware of what is going on. And you know, the nice thing about multiuse paths is that you can enjoy the sites and sounds of nature! So try leaving the headphones at home.
Hope these tips help! Anyone have anything else to add?