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Etiquette For Sharing Multiuse Trails

Do You Acknowledge Other People When Exercising Outdoors?

I live in a city, and the city has a great multiuse trail perfect for walking, running, cycling, or scooting, if that's your thing. When running past a person, I generally acknowledge them with a nod or smile. We are in such close proximity it would seem weird not to. On my run this morning, I would say about 50 percent of the people I ran past responded. There was no discernible pattern, except all the gray-haired ladies out walking gave me a big smile that frankly powered my run. Acknowledging other people out on the trail makes me feel like I'm part of a larger exercising community — like we are all in it together. What about you?

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Jody76 Jody76 6 years
During my jogs or walks, I tend to say "hello, how are you?" to folks I pass by. But some don't say a thing, but that's alright. If I see them again, when I do my next lap, I just don't say anything to that particular person then. Fine by me.
Spartygirl03 Spartygirl03 6 years
I live in NYC and run early in the morning. Just yesterday I played a 'game' by saying 'good morning' to all the other runners/walkers who I passed to see how many would acknowledge me. The majority did, but not all. Still, I like acknowledging others who are out there early too!
Spectra Spectra 6 years
When I'm out running and I see someone, I generally nod and say "Good morning!" to other runners and they usually smile/nod/say hi back. It's probably because I go running in a small neighborhood where most people know each other.
genipher85 genipher85 6 years
It depends. I usually try to make eye contact with everyone that goes by and if our eyes lock, I say hello. If they do not acknowledge me, then I don't. But I've always wondered what other people do in this situation. Good question Fit!
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 6 years
I chose "depends" because it was the closest option. When it comes to city streets, I am ALWAYS looking down at my feet. I am terrified of tripping over uneven cement or my own two feet, especially when I'm running, so I tend to watch the ground a few feet ahead of me. However, if I'm in pleasant mood and I happen to make eye contact, I smile or nod, but I feel like people are often in a "zone" when I pass them - especially here in Seattle where we have what some people call the "Seattle Freeze." We Seattleites are apparently very polite, but otherwise don't like to talk to strangers, apparently! It's different when I'm on a trail, however. If I'm on a trail that I know is relatively flat, I tend to keep my head up to enjoy the sights and I make a point to make eye contact and address passing hikers. I often throw out a "howdy" or a "hi" and definitely a "thanks!" whenever somebody moves aside to let me pass. Even if the terrain is uneven and I'm breathing heavily and staring at the ground to prevent keeling over, I still try to address passing hikers - you never know when you might want to recognize somebody later (esp. with all of the stories of hikers that go missing), plus the opportunity is just enough for that passing person to let you know to be aware that there's bear poo ahead, a blocked path or a beautiful view.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I live in a suburban part of Oregon so there are people about, but it's not a huge amount. I usually nod, but am usually either too hot or cold to remember to smile. The response is usually about 50% as well, with no discernible pattern as to who will and who won't.
When I lived in NY I didn't, because no one said anything to me. But since I've moved to Maryland, other joggers say hello all the time, so I say hello and good morning as well. It's actually very pleasant and encouraging.
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