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Pathway Etiquette

The Woodlands Pathway System
The Woodlands pathway system is designed to connect users to individual neighborhoods, parks, schools and retail centers. All pathways are multi-use. Users should expect to encounter all kinds of users, including walkers, cyclists and wheelchairs. Pathway maintenance vehicles are also often seen on the pathways.

To promote a safe environment for all pathway users, The Woodlands Parks and Recreation Department recommends the following:
  • Show courtesy and respect to other pathway users at all times.
  • Use the right side of the pathway.
  • Pass other users on the left.
  • Avoid putting yourself or others at risk.
  • Keep dogs on a leash and clean up after them.
  • Yield to wheelchairs, no matter who has the right of way.

A pathway in The Woodlands

Guidelines for Pathway Users
  • Blade at a safe speed.
  • Listen for audible warnings and allow faster pathway users to pass freely.
  • Helmets and protective gear are recommended.
  • Be predictable! Blade straight ahead.
  • Stay to the right.
  • Watch for other pathway users.
  • Be especially alert when running.
  • Listen for audible signals and allow faster pathway users to pass freely.
  • Give audible warnings when passing pathway users.
  • Ride at a safe speed.
  • Helmets are recommended.
  • Be predictable! Ride straight ahead.

Electric Scooters on Streets and Pathways
While Texas legislation provides that electric scooters and gas scooters with engines less than 40cc may be ridden on public thoroughfares, this law only extends to counties and municipalities. The pathways in The Woodlands do not fall into this category; they are owned by The Woodlands. Therefore, motorized vehicles are prohibited from using the pathways. The only exceptions are motorized wheelchairs and the pathway maintenance vehicles.

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