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Residents reminded of park and trail guidelines, pet ordinances

Post Date:06/27/2019 3:05 pm

Biking in PlymouthAs summer heats up and Plymouth’s parks and trails become more active, the city reminds residents of park, trail and bicycle use guidelines, as well as pet ordinances.

Plymouth’s parks and trails are well used and shared by runners, bicyclists, skateboarders, pet owners and their dogs, families with strollers and more. Users should follow the guidelines and ordinances outlined below to ensure all are able to safely enjoy Plymouth’s outdoor amenities. 

Trail and Bicycle Etiquette

  • Keep to the right side of the trail.
  • Trail users should pass slower users on the left. Announce loudly, “Passing on your left!”
  • Keep your speed at a reasonable and prudent level for the conditions.
  • Bicyclists must yield to pedestrians.
  • When the trail crosses the road, stop, look and listen for motor traffic before proceeding to cross.
  • Pets on the trail should be under control and on a leash at all times.
  • Bicyclists must ride at a safe speed. Slow down and ride single-file in congested conditions or when visibility is reduced.
  • Bicyclists should use hand signals, which indicate intended actions to other trail and road users. Signal as a matter of law, courtesy and self-protection.
  • When riding a bicycle at night, use a front light, as well as wheel and pedal reflectors. The front light must be visible from 300 feet. Use a rear red light for enhanced visibility and wear light-colored or reflective clothing.

Owners Must Clean up After Their Pets, Leash Dogs
For the health and safety of the community, Plymouth city staff remind dog owners of the city’s leash law and pet ordinances.

  • Pet owners must clean up after their pets. Pet owners should bring a bag along on walks so they can properly disposal of pet waste.
  • Plymouth requires pets be leashed at all times, except when on their owner’s private property.

Residents who see violations of the animal ordinances or any other public safety concerns are encouraged to call 911 immediately.

Let Dogs Run Free at Dog Parks
Dog owners have the opportunity to let dogs play unleashed at the city’s designated dog parks, which feature a number of canine-friendly amenities.

Plymouth has three dog parks:

  • Plymouth Dog Park, 17005 County Road 47
  • 4 Paws Dog Park, 9755 36th Ave. N.
  • Happy Tails Dog Park (seasonal), 1700 County Road 101

For more information, visit plymouthmn.gov/dogpark.

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