Monday, July 20, 2020


Friends of the Pacific Electric Trail

Residents in the Inland Empire are fortunate to have a 21-mile Class I bike path in their backyard to enjoy 365 days a year.  Unlike parks that have hours of operation, the PE Trail is open 24 hours a day and includes lots of lighting for evening use with mile markers every ¼ mile on the light poles. Practicing social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging to navigate  but not impossible, especially with the recent surge in new cases in southern California.  Trying to balance physical exercise as a part of overall wellness is easily made possible by walking, running, or cycling on the PE Trail.  We all need a physical or mental health break from time to time to offset the self-isolation we are honoring to help slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Since 2005, the Friends of the Pacific Electric Trail have been part of the process and have witnessed the transformation of the once abandoned Pacific Electric Red Car Line into a premier Class 1 multi-use, regional trail.  In the City of Rancho Cucamonga, there is the added benefit of the decomposed granite 5-mile stretch of the Trail for equestrian and is extremely popular with runners. This 21-mile trail is the “Jewel of the Inland Empire” and connects residents and businesses in the cities of Montclair, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, and Rialto.  This trail is frequently used by neighbors who enjoy walking their dogs for exercise, a safe route to school and for many, a safe way to commute to work on a bike without the concerns of motorized vehicles.

The “Friends” came together this Saturday morning at the popular Amethyst Trailhead to film the beginning of a series of “Trail Safety Shorts.”  During the COVID-19 pandemic, this filming project highlighted social distancing and of course, we were all wearing face coverings.  We met with friends both old and new as we tried to film in between the busy traffic on the PE Trail.  Cycling groups, families with their kids in strollers, walkers with their dogs, young and old, the PE Trail was buzzing with activity.  Our dear friend “David” from Dude Tools came by to visit during the filming and thanked us for making Trail Safety a priority for our community.  The Amethyst Trailhead is adjacent to the Alta Loma district and is a great place to begin your trip as it offers a monument featuring the history of the area, parking, picnic table, water fountain for human, dogs and horses, a hitching post for equestrian, shade trees, landscaping, trash can and doggy stations.

Trail safety is important for everyone who enjoy the PE Trail and the Friends of the Pacific Electric Trail are committed to educating the public on the best way to enjoy the Trail.  Whether you are walking, running, or cycling on the Trail, it is always a good idea to practice Trail Etiquette.  If you are a walking or running group, please keep to the right side of the trail to allow cyclists, skaters or runners to pass you on the left.  If you are a cyclist, please announce yourself to those you are approaching so that they are made aware of your presence.  If you are walking your dog, please keep your leash short to keep from blocking other users.  We encourage dog walkers to pick up after their dogs and dispose of waste in the numerous trash cans provided along the trail.  Please do not litter the trail and dispose of your trash responsibly.  For many, wearing your ear buds while exercising is natural, but please be aware of your surroundings by glancing behind you occasionally for approaching trail traffic.  You should always be able to hear someone announcing “ON YOUR LEFT” as they approach you.

The PE Trail is designed for non-motorized vehicles such as:  electric wheelchairs, scooters, bicycles, skateboards, and roller skates.  Electric golf carts and Gem cars are not permitted on the PE Trail.  Electric pedal assist bicycles are permitted but all electric bikes are not permitted.  When we all SHARE THE TRAIL, we acknowledge that the trail is designed for everyone to enjoy.  This collection of Trail Safety videos will be featured on our website in the near future and hopefully shared with our sister cities and please feel free to share them with your friends and neighbors,

When we are spending a morning on the Trail, folks are eager to share their trail stories with us, tell us areas of the trail that need attention, ask questions, etc.  Most responsible dog walkers carry their own doggy water bowl but there are a few drinking fountains on the trail that provide water for humans and pets such as at the Route 66 Trailhead, Amethyst Trailhead, and at Central Park.  There is an additional mini trailhead with 5 picnic benches, drinking fountain, fix-it station and a little shade adjacent to the Fire Station on Day Creek Blvd.

The Friends of the Pacific Electric Trail are committed to wellness and safety on the trail as we have always supported active living and healthy lifestyles in the Inland Empire.   Thank you to the best film crew: Justin, Kathi, Jeff, Dennis, Laura, James, Emilia and Sean for volunteering to be in our trail safety shorts and for supporting the Friends of the Pacific Electric Trail.  A big shout out to our webmaster and videographer, Juan, owner of OFF THE CHARTS TV for an outstanding collaboration.

If you have ideas of what we might film for trail safety, please comment below.
Friends of the Pacific Electric Trail

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