TRAIL ETIQUETTE: E-BIKES & MORE
E-bikes became a hot topic last week due to a news story regarding complaints of them being a problem on the trails. For the most part, the responses received about e-bikes have been positive and they are great for giving more people the opportunity to get out on the trails. Our ultimate goal as a trails board is to create accessibility; this includes expanding the system, making strategic trail connections and offering opportunities for people of all abilities to use the trails. Single-user electric devices, such as electric wheelchairs and scooters are allowed on the trails without a permit. However, a permit is required for larger mobility devices. More information on the DCTB’s policy for power-driven mobility devices can be found at www.dickinsoncountytrails.com/info .
Overall, the issue comes down to trail etiquette and using the trails responsibly no matter what your mode of transportation is. We need to look out for each other and ourselves. Bikers need to slow down and signal their presence when coming upon pedestrians and other bikers. Every trail user needs to be aware of their surroundings and make room for oncoming or passing traffic. Most of all, be kind and treat people the way you want to be treated on trail. Be friendly, say hello with a smile, it will make all of our time on these wonderful trails even more enjoyable.
UPCOMING TRAIL EVENTS
Sportsman’s 8th Annual Tiki Ride: Saturday, August 6 – Riders of all ages can enjoy 16, 22 and 38-mile routes with prizes and games along the way. The ride includes a shirt, gift bag and lunch at Sportsman’s with live entertainment during lunch and after the ride. There will be many prizes, games and fun surprises along the route and riders will receive a raffle entry at each of the sponsored stops. Proceeds from the ride will support Dickinson County Trails. More information on the ride and registration is available at Sportsman’s Facebook site www.facebook.com/events.
31st ANNUAL U OF O OKTOBERFEST BIKE RIDE: Registration is now open for the 2022 Oktoberfest ride that will be held Saturday, September 24. Enjoy this fun bike ride along the scenic trails and lakeside roads of the Iowa Great Lakes Area. Proceeds from the ride benefit Dickinson County Trails and registration includes food and drink deals throughout the area, drink tickets and a long sleeve t-shirt. There are optional pit stops along the route and then return to the Arnolds Park greenspace for additional games, activities, live entertainment, food and beer. For registration and event information visit www.uofooktoberfest.com.
2022 SUMMER FUNDRAISER
The 2022 “Bikes – Brews – Bites” trails fundraiser held on July 22 was a big success and the DCTB extends our gratitude to all who supported the event through attendance, donations and sponsorships. It was a great night of celebrating the trails and we thank everyone that helped make it possible.
As always, Happy Trails to You and Yours.
Erin Reed, DCTB Executive Director