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Eds. note: The following Letter to the Editor appeared online in the Portland Press Herald on July 12


The weekend of June 29, representatives of the Eastern Trail, along with Bicycle Coalition of Maine and AARP, had a wonderful walk and bike ride on the Scarborough portion of the Eastern Trail. It was a pleasure seeing so many people on the trail walking and riding their bikes.

To help us understand the usage of the trail, the Eastern Trail Alliance completed its 2018 Economic Impact Study using trail counters and surveys. This past year, the trail welcomed over 250,000 visitors: seniors, visitors from away, families teaching their children how to ride their bikes, those looking for a healthier lifestyle, birders, photographers and those who enjoy a quiet, natural experience on the trail.

All of us, no matter our widely different ages, abilities, purposes and pleasures, can make the trail safer and more enjoyable by following these simple trail rules:


  • Increase your awareness of all other trail users, both in front and behind.
  • For obvious reasons, if you use earbuds or headphones, use them in one ear only.
  • Travel right, pass left.
  • Travel single file as you approach trail users.
  • Check fore and aft before crossing the trail or stopping.


  • Announce your presence or intention to pass: Use a bell, or, better, say, “On your left, please.”
  • Slow down when approaching groups, children and dogs.
  • If speed is your need, consider taking your bike to the roads or during earlier or later hours when the trail is not as populated.
  • Get a rearview mirror, a helmet and an audible bell.

Dog people:

  • Please keep your dog on a leash. While many trail users love your four-footed friends, many may not, and trail rules require a leash at all times.
  • Please bag your dog’s waste and bring it home with you – please do not leave the bag on the trail.
  • Thank you for your support.

Nancy Borg

Eastern Trail Alliance


You can read the article online here