If enjoying foothills, obey rules and stay aware

Posted at 6:33 PM, May 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-16 20:33:36-04
As much Idahoans love their trails in foothills, knowing the rules of the road is key to avoiding conflict on paths where many can converge at once. Today outdoor organizations organized an event centered on addressing the question of etiquette on trails.  The forum was a collaboration between the Idaho Environmental Forum, City Club, and the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP), and was part of City Club's ongoing Civility Series.

The question appears to have arisen from a need to consciously address these kinds of conflicts. A foothills runner, Samantha Newbanks, said "Almost every time I go out, I'm going to get hit."

While there are currently discussions afloat in the trails community about how to best remediate conflicts, such as organizing the basic direction of foot, bike, and other traffic, it appears staying aware of others and letting go are key to a sane, smooth experience. 

And standing around trying to prove how you're right appears to be not helpful. "You're better off just getting beyond each other and continuing on your way," said Dr. Dick Gardner, who helped organize the event.