Peachtree City: Share the path — safely
Peachtree City’s path system is probably one of our most popular amenities, whether you use it for recreation, transportation, or both.
Whether you are on foot, bike, or golf cart, path users need to remember that they share the path with other types of users. This requires knowing and following the rules, as well as a little bit of consideration for others.
Peachtree City’s Path & Golf Cart ordinance requires all golf cart drivers and bicyclists approaching a pedestrian from behind to provide an audible signal of their approach. Horns or bells are excellent equipment to have on both carts and bikes. Verbal warnings also help to alert a pedestrian to your approach. Pedestrians have all reasonable right-of-way on Peachtree City’s paths, and cyclists and cart drivers can be subject to both civil and criminal penalties for injuries causes.
With that said, pedestrians have some responsibilities as well. If you are wearing head phones on that walk or run, you probably can’t hear the audible signal. You’ll be safer walking on the far left hand side of the path so you can clearly see other path users headed your way and be out of their way.
If you are accompanied by one of our four-footed path users, make sure that leashes don’t extend across the path – this could potentially injure a cyclist hitting the leash or, even worse, injure or kill your dog if a golf cart hits the leash. Also, always make sure to have a means to really control your dog, such as carrying a leash, even if your dog is well-trained enough to immediately obey voice commands. Even friendly and loving dogs can startle a cyclist or pedestrian, causing falls and potential injuries.
So – what’s your safety suggestion for Peachtree City’s paths?