Trail Etiquette


schuylkill-river-trail-philadelphia-587We think the Schuylkill Banks Trail, Kelly Drive, Pennypack Park and the Bells Mill Trail are some of the most beautiful city trails in the country. That’s why we want everyone who utilizes the trails, as well as the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk and others, to have fun and be safe—and follow all the rules set forth.

2009 Bicycle Ambassadors’ Trail Etiquette
Trail Usage By Bicyclists

According to the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation:

  • No bicycles may be used in the Andorra Natural Area, except on Bell’s Mill Trail, the driveway to the Tree House, and the bypass, which connects upper Northwestern Avenue with Forbidden Drive. Bikers are welcome to leave their bikes at the Tree House while on the trails.
  • In those park areas where bicycles are permitted, bicycles are restricted to existing sidewalks, footwalks and designated trails. No person shall operate or place a bicycle on grass areas within the park. Bicyclists must relinquish the right-of-way to all other park trail users, except during bicycle races, which have been either sanctioned or organized by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.
  • All users of park trails shall use trails safely with common courtesy to all others in the Park. Users of park trails include all people using trails whether on foot, bicycle, horse, carriage, horse-drawn vehicle or any other permitted vehicle. The use of any motor vehicles, including but not limited to snowmobiles, motorcycles, motorbikes, motor-powered dirt bikes and motor-powered ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles) is prohibited on all park trails at any time.
  • All trail users over the age of sixteen (16) are required to have a permit. Permits are required when using: bicycles, horses, carriages, horse-drawn vehicles and other non-motorized, wheeled vehicles. Exemptions: Anyone using Forbidden Drive, Pennypack bike trail or designated access roads does not need a permit. Horse back riding and bicycling along Forbidden Drive and paved trails are exempt from this requirement.
Trail User Speed Limit

According to Philadelphia Parks & Rec, all trail users shall observe a 7 miles per hour speed limit on all park trails.

  • Joggers – pedestrians have the right-of-way except during sanctioned and/or organized running races.
  • Bicyclists – all other trail users have the right-of-way, except during sanctioned bicycle races.
  • Bicycling is allowed on all roads within the Park, except as posted on Kelly Drive and Martin Luther King Drive (West River Drive).

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