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
  • Map
  • Protective equipment
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen