Slow & Say Hello is our off-road trail safety education program, created in collaboration with the Marin Horse Council and the Marin Conservation League. Mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding are fantastic ways to enjoy the beauty of Marin and stay active. As more people take to the trails it’s important for all trail users to respect each other and the environment.
Slow and Say Hello is an initiative aimed at educating trail users on responsible trail use, trail etiquette, and environmental resource protection. Whether you’re on foot, hooves or wheels, slow and say “hello” when you pass fellow travelers. In addition to safety, slowing down also shows respect for other trail users. When you slow down and say hello, you acknowledge their presence and show that you are sharing the trail with them. It’s a small gesture, but it goes a long way in creating a positive trail experience for everyone involved. Read the Slow & Say Hello! brochure.
Slow & Say Hello Outposts
To get the word out and communicate our program initiatives with the community we host Slow and Say Hello! Outposts. Members of Trail Partners set up a tent and information center at key locations to engage with hikers, bikers, walkers, runners and equestrians about trail safety and resource protection. Visitors are asked to take a short trail quiz with questions such as… “When a puddle spans the entire width of the trail, should you go through it or around it?”
“When you approach a horse and rider on the trial, on which side should you pass?”
“What issues do earbuds create?”
You’ll have to come out to one of the outposts to learn the answers, and if you answer correctly (or make a good effort in trying), you’ll receive a gift, including Slow and Say Hello! socks, visors, or tote bags! The questions always manage to spark a conversation and to make people think more about their impact on other trail users and the environment.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Volunteers engage with visitors, ask them a series of questions and give them freebies! The questions are designed to encourage a dialog about positive interactions among trail users and instill an appreciation for the unique plants and wildlife that make Marin such a rich bio-diverse destination.
Volunteer perks include a free Slow & Say Hello t-shirt and snacks.