A bike ride on the Longleaf Trace turned dangerous for one woman last weekend.
Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said the department received a report of a dog bite around 10:30 Saturday morning. The woman said she was riding her bike on the Rails-and-Trails near the Jackson Station when a dog bit her on the side,according to Rigel.
The report said the the pit bull was on a leash and also had a 'service animal' vest on. According to Rigel, the woman said the dog lunged at her and the dog's owner said the woman rode up behind the dog and spooked him.
The dog was taken to the local vet to get checked out and the owner provided documentation that all shots were up to date. Rigel said no charges had been filed.
With the days getting warmer and sun shining longer, we wanted to remind you of the rules and regulations of The Longleaf Trace before your next walk, run or bike ride.
All dogs must be on a leash, but there is no rule when it comes to the length of that leash. Mary Scruggs, the Office Manager for the trace, suggests a shorter leash to keep dogs close.
"It's probably a better idea for you to have them on a shorter leash so that way they are in range to you," said Scruggs.
All bicyclists are also urged to announce themselves if they are approaching walkers or runners from behind.
"We like for bikers to announce themselves to people who are walking before they go around. We tell everybody to stay to the right side of the trail," said Scruggs. "Sometimes it's hard to hear someone coming, so we like for them to announce themselves."
When it comes to motorized vehicles, golf carts are allowed, but they must have a decal through registration at the trace office. Cars, ATVs and motorized scooters are not allowed.
"Know where you are on the trail, whether it be a roadway or a mile marker," said Scruggs. "If it's an emergency, dial 911 and let them know where you are."
Rules & Regulations:
For special rules and regulations, as well as guidelines for golf carts, click here.