Call for all trail users to share

Brenda Reading greets a cyclist as she rides along part of the old Waitaki Haul Rd. Photo: Supplied
Brenda Reading greets a cyclist as she rides along part of the old Waitaki Haul Rd. Photo: Supplied
Horse riders are urging cyclists to make room for them on North Otago trails.

Horse-riding advocacy group New Zealand Network has set up a project called Waitaki Horse Trails to promote track sharing.

Member Brenda Reading said signs had recently been installed along two sections of the old Waitaki Haul Rd: one at Bortons Pond, the North Otago Irrigation Company intake from the Waitaki River, and one between the Otiake River and Kurow.

The project aimed to have more shared trails — a phenomenon that worked effectively overseas and in many parts of New Zealand, including the Otago Central Rail Trail, Mrs Reading said.

Riders were encouraged to observe ‘‘common courtesy’’ as trail users, and hoped others would do likewise.

Internationally, horses gave way to walkers on trails and cyclists gave way to everyone else, she said. They should pass each other on the left.

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