While the overall experience remains one of the best that can be found in our community, perhaps the biggest challenge of our Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway over the years has been maintaining …
While the overall experience remains one of the best that can be found in our community, perhaps the biggest challenge of our Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway over the years has been maintaining proper etiquette.
Of the few complaints received via the cbcgreenway.com website or through social media, the most frequent are of greenway users not following the proper etiquette. Signs that list “Etiquette and Rules” are posted at every major entrance and on the website.
In a perfect world, everyone would read these rules, follow them and all would be happy. But, like most of society there are the few who believe the rules don’t apply to them, or their view of the rules are subject to interpretation.
A few weeks ago, I reminded a greenway user that their dog had to be on a leash and, while they complied, the comment I heard was, “If everyone’s dog was trained like mine, there wouldn’t be a need for leashes.” Unfortunately, all dogs are not alike, so for the safety of everyone leashes are required for all dogs on the greenway.
Because making etiquette known is always a challenge, one local resident has offered to help remedy the communication gap by dedicating his Eagle Scout project to the cause. This summer, Watson Brown is coordinating the application of etiquette messages on the greenway. Stencils with variations of the rules are being developed and will be painted on surfaces at locations where the majority of patrons enter the greenway.
The messages will address three topics of highest concern: Dogs, pedestrian/bicycle interactions, and greenway cleanliness.
The plan is for two stencil messages for each area and will consist of a clever statement with an accompanying graphic. The two messages concerning dogs will address keeping them on leashes and proper disposal of pet waste: “Don’t Let the Dogs Out; 6 Foot Leashes,” and “If Your Dog Poops, You Scoop.” The trash messages are: “If You Carry It In, Carry It Out,” and “Keep the Greenway Clean and Green.”
Finally, and perhaps the most important, is safety between pedestrians and bicycles.
For bicycle riders on the greenway, it is vital to know the two top rules: pedestrians have the right of way and speed is to be kept at a minimum. In addition, bikers are requested to warn pedestrians when passing them with either a bell or voice command.
The graphics coming for this critical piece of greenway etiquette will be expressed in three messages: “Slow Your Roll; Yield to Pedestrians,” “Share the Way: Keep Right, Pass Left,” and “Let Them Know You Are Passing.”
Thanks to the vast majority of greenway users who faithfully and happily comply with these rules and etiquette on a regular basis. They make the experience for everyone that much better.
Hopefully, the installation of these playful and colorful graphics will effectively send these most important messages of greenway etiquette. They will be much more noticeable than the current signs and therefore should reduce any excuses for those who claim they were not informed of the greenway’s code of conduct.
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