This actually applies to all our trails but it is rarely an issue and FATS seems to be the place that conflicts occur most often.
Many mountain bikers put many hours and sometimes significant money into building the trails at FATS. The impetus to build the trails came from a mountain biker and SORBAcsra was instrumental in obtaining the funding and helping to make the dream a reality. The routine maintenance of the trail is mainly performed by mountain bikers. All that said, as much as some mountain bikers like to think of FATS as a mountain bike trail, it is in fact a multi-user trail (like all the trails in our inventory of trails).
In the case of all the trails in our area except one, the trail is for biking and foot traffic only. The Long Cane Horse Trail near Greenwood allows horses also.
Trail etiquette on multi-user trails requires that bikers yield to foot traffic. Most bikers will find that with a little courtesy, users on foot will do their best to step out of the way if they see a bike coming. Trail courtesy is imperative to keeping good relations between all trail users. No hiker, runner, biker likes to feel like they are in peril of getting mowed down by a biker zooming down hills and around corners without concern for other users.
Check your speed in blind corners, yield to users coming up the hill unless they indicate otherwise, make sure other users hear you coming and be courteous to other trails users.
Last Edit: Nov 2, 2014 8:59:14 GMT -5 by Angela: correcting spelling errors
In our case up here at LCHT the second we see a horse we come to an immediate stop and get off our bikes and usually walk past them. They are very skittish, and some times the riders are children. Horse traffic usually stays in the vicinity of Fell Hunting Camp.