Trail Bells and Etiquette

Our goal is for everyone to be able to ride bicycles on the wide range of trails in San Francisco.

Make some noise!

Access to SF’s multi-use trails means sharing trails with others. Hikers and equestrians and even cute puppies have the right of way. Always ride in control and be prepared to yield.

trailbells-pairRiding with a trail bell alerts other trails users a bicycle (or a really fast cow) is approaching. Often, with the extra warning, other trail users will concede their right of way and make it easier for you to pass. When they do make sure you thank them as they are doing you a huge favor. Regardless, it’s also always great to say “thanks!”. Good trail etiquette helps us keep and gain new trail access. Ride safe!

We now have something even better than the ‘cow bells’ pictured here: TIMBER Mountain Bike Bells, which have a mute mode. This is the best of both worlds–you can announce your presence on the trails, and remain quiet when passing through neighborhoods.

How can I get a trail bell?

Many of the best shops in San Francisco are carrying the SF Urban Riders branded Timber Bell. They include:

If your shop isn’t listed here, ask them! You can also contact us via our Facebook page or info@sfurbanriders.org if you’d like to distribute them or get one directly from us.

More about Trail Etiquette

IMBA developed the “Rules of the Trail” to promote responsible and courteous conduct on shared-use trails.