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Fort Wayne trails see rise in usage this summer

(Photo supplied/Visit Fort Wayne)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): People are using Fort Wayne trails more this year than ever before.

During the month of July, infrared trail counters recorded 66,858 walkers, joggers, and cyclists using Fort Wayne trails, according to the city of Fort Wayne.

That is up 22,000 compared to July 2015, but the July count is down from June’s count of 73,226 users.

“It’s thrilling to see more residents using our trails,” Director of Greenways and Trails Dawn Ritchie said. “Nearly every day we hear from new users about how much they love our trails.”

With the increase usage of trails, the city of Fort Wayne wants to remind citizens of the trail rules, which are listed below.

Keep right; pass on the left: Stay close to the right side of the trail and ring a bell or call out “on your left” so the person you are about to pass knows you are passing.

Turn the volume down: Keep your music piped through your earbuds to a level that allows you to hear a bell or someone calling out.

Yield to trail users: If you stop, move off the trail to allow other users to pass.

Rules of the Road: Follow road signs and traffic signals.

Yield: Stop for cross traffic.

Stay on the trails: Do not enter private property, wooded areas or cross through the yards of homes along the trail.

Leash and Pick-up: Remember to pick-up and discard pet waste. All pets must be on a leash.

No Horses: Horses are not allowed on the trails.

No Motors: Cars, motorcycles, motor-scooters or motor-bikes are not allowed on our trails. Motorized wheelchairs are allowed on the trail.

Keep it clean: If you bring it to the trails, take it when you leave. Never, ever litter.

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