I love The Woodlands Pathways. Did you know there is nearly 200 miles of them? They are widely used – and offer a safe option for either exercising or just getting around from a Village Center, to school, to a neighborhood park and back. I will admit, I have gotten into trouble once or twice for not being completely aware of the “rules” associated with the Pathways – so I’ve compiled a list of some Do’s and Don’ts from The Woodlands Park and Recreation websites, as well as personal experience as to how the Pathways are used in practice.
• DO get a Park & Pathways Map from The Woodlands Township (http://www.thewoodlandstx.com/pdfs/hikeandbiketrailsmap.pdf), or access the online version here: (http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/index.aspx?NID=748)
• DO use the Pathways for walking, bicycling, running and rollerblading.
• DO familiarize yourself with all, or part, of the over 140 miles of Pathways in The Woodlands.
• DON’T use the Pathways for any motorized vehicles, except wheelchairs.
• DO use the right-hand side of the Pathways for traveling.
• DO pass on the left-hand side of the Pathways.
• DO alert others when you are approaching or passing.
• DON’T have your earbuds turned up so loud you cannot hear the alerts of others approaching to pass.
• DO consider using an app, like RunKeeper or Map My Walk, to help you track your mileage and keep you motivated to get outside!
• DO consider running or biking on the road if you are maintaining a quick pace.
• DON’T be afraid to join a biking or running club. There are always spots for people who want to connect, whether you are a novice or a pro! Here are just a few:
• DO be aware of the dismissal times of schools along the Pathways, as the Pathways do get congested at that time.
• DO take water to stay hydrated, especially with our current temperatures!
• DO research the progress of a new bike and pedestrian plan in The Woodlands (http://communityimpact.com/2015/07/09/woodlands-bike-and-pedestrian-plan-advances/).
• DON’T try out those new running shoes for the first time!
• DO keep dogs on a leash and clean up after them.
• DO always yield to wheelchairs.
• DO make yourself aware of Pathway events, such as Paint the Path Pink (http://l6mustangs.edublogs.org/files/2015/02/2015-8th-Annual-Paint-the-Path-Pink-Registration-1-1xattg1.pdf).
• DO try websites like http://www.mapmyride.com/us/the-woodlands-tx/ and http://www.mapmywalk.com/us/the-woodlands-tx/ to find mileage of routes frequently used by others in the community.
• DON’T forget about all of the fitness events that happen right here in The Woodlands!
• DO be safe and courteous to other users when on the Pathways.