Now I've only been trail running for the last couple years and even that was pretty rare. Given I know that I'll be out on the trails for all of my long running this year except for races I'm already signed up for, I thought it would be a good discussion about the ever popular runners vs bikers discussion on the trails.
Let me first state that I've done both, and while I'm primarily a runner, I don't really have a side. Actually there is no need to have sides but there is a need for everyone to just be courteous. I've met many bikers and runners who are very nice and I think bikers get the bad rap most of the time.
The first thing that I see that is needed is that everyone should know the trail. You don't need to be out there before to know it but most have trail maps that show direction. For example, there are some trails that runners can go either direction and their are some trails where bikers are only allowed to go a certain direction. Just following this can help reduce the friction between the two.
|Part of Pontiac Lake showing how bikes must go|
Don't take things personal. If you are running on a trail in the opposite direction of bikers, that is the best case scenario because you can see them coming towards you. If you are going the same direction, don't take it personal when people scream "on your left" It's for your own safety and I appreciate a good shout so I can get out of the way. Yes, bikers must yield to runners but for practical purposes(when coming down a hill, for example), it's more difficult to slow down or stop than for a runner to move off the trail.
Of course, there are many other rules of the trails but just following these simple things will help everyone enjoy the trails together.
Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!