In-line skating safety tips
You are responsible for your own safety! In-line skating has its own inherent risks and skaters assume complete responsibility for their own safety.
- Always wear protective equipment: helmet, elbow and knee pads, gloves, and wrist guards.
- Wear bright clothing so drivers and other trail users can see you.
- If you are unsure of your skills, take an in-line skating course before you go on a trail.
- Check skates to make sure they are in good condition. Replace worn out parts that may cause mechanical problems.
- Warm up by skating for 5-minutes and stretching.
- Study the trail map before you go. Look for topography changes that indicate hills or slopes.
- Do not attempt to skate on natural surfaces, stay on the pavement.
- Look both ways at intersections or driveways. Be on the lookout for people who may not see you.
- Skate on the right side of the trail and let other trail users know that you are passing by calling out "on your left!"
- Skate with friends. It's more fun and you have someone to help you if you need it.
- If you happen to fall try to land in a safe grassy area.
- Be aware of your surroundings, other trail users, and skate in control at all times.
What to bring... an inline-skating checklist:
- Bug repellant
- Cell phone
- Food and water
- First aid kit
- Protective equipment