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Eight Rules for Safe Trail Skating
By Greg Major
Skaters share a beach path with a cyclist in Long Beach.
With the skating season upon us, skaters everywhere will be heading outdoors again ... but so will millions of bikers, runners, walkers, dogs ... and who knows what else.
To help you navigate the hazards, here are some tips for skating on multi-use paths and trails.
1) Always wear a helmet. I am amazed when I see skaters decked out in every pad known to man but with nothing on their noggins.
Remember: Road rash heals, but a good bump on the head could cause you to eat with a straw for the rest of your life.
2) Don't expect others to make room for you. Everybody believes they are the king of the road. Be prepared to make room for trail hogs. And while you're at it, set a good example by making room for others.
3) Be polite. Let people know before you pass by calling out, "On your left." And don't expect people to get out of your...