Eastside Trail

Pedestrian and bike traffic on the Eastside Trail.
Photo Credit: Ryan Gravel

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Atlanta BeltLine Etiquette

The Atlanta BeltLine averages one million users annually (on par with the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola) and we are thrilled with the new sense of community that you all bring to it! This is a cultural shift that is transforming Atlanta – reconnecting neighborhoods, amenities, and job centers – and we want to ensure that everyone helps foster a courteous, safe, and clean experience.


In the spring of 2014, we launched the first round of our Atlanta BeltLine Etiquette Campaign. We received lots of great feedback about the campaign and about courtesy on the trail, and now the etiquette campaign is here to stay! We are excited to introduce Eddy Cat, who will help us remind everyone of how to interact positively on the trails.

Eddy Cat web full body

Eddy Cat loves to talk about etiquette on the Atlanta BeltLine, so send him a message: eddy.cat@atlbeltline.org or Tweet him @BeltLineEddyCat! You might even get your question answered by Eddy Cat in his blog, Ask Eddy Cat!

Eddy Cat was illustrated by local artist and animator Alston Jones. Messaging was a collaborative effort by ABI and Dad’s Garage Theater Company.

Eddy Cat is around to remind everyone of these simple rules of trail etiquette:

Slow down, sugar! 

  • Most people are surprised to see just how quickly they can get to their destination via the Atlanta BeltLine on a wide path, uninterrupted by road crossings. Whether on foot or on bicycle, people are reducing their trip times. Because you’re already getting from point A to point B so much faster, there’s no reason to blow by people and weave around foot traffic. Whether you’re a cyclist or fast runner, please be mindful of other trail users and slow it down around others. Pedestrians always have the right of way, and trail users on bicycles or other non-motorized forms of transport must yield to those on foot.

Slower traffic move to the right. 

  • On the paved paths, there is a centerline that runs the length of the trail cut into the concrete, which functions as a painted stripe does on other trails. Please stay to the right of the centerline in the direction you’re traveling. Just like we drive our cars on the road, slower traffic should always stay to the right and allow for faster traffic to pass on the left. If you are on a bicycle, skateboard, rollerblades, or other human-powered, wheeled device and approaching a pedestrian, politely call out “on your left” to let them know you’re approaching.

Talking shoulder this way –>.

  • The reunion of family and friends on the trail is always a joyous occasion, unless it involves the clogging of the trail for others (as it usually does). Please step aside to chit chat.

Two’s company, three’s a crowd.

  • While the trail can accommodate big groups, we encourage people to walk two side-by-side. When large groups spread out across the trail, it makes it difficult for others to pass. We would like to avoid the all-around frustration that such scenarios cause.

We saw that y’all – pick it up.

  • Whether it’s litter or pet waste, please pick up after yourself and your guests. Litter and recycling bins are now installed at trail access points at Monroe Drive, Greenwood Avenue, Angier Springs, Elizabeth Street, and Lake Avenue / Irwin Street on the Eastside Trail and are also located throughout the parks.

No clothesline on the BeltLine.

  • Pets should always be leashed on a six foot leash and kept close by. Taking your dog for a walk should not involve clothes-lining fellow trail users because you are on one side of the path and your dog is at the end of his leash on the other side.

Slow – sweet peas at play.

  • For kids’ safety, and everyone else’s, parents or caregivers should help their children follow the trail rules and etiquette, and all trail users should be mindful of small children.

Call it in.

  • See a maintenance issue on the trail that needs attention? We have a “fix it line” for that! Just call and leave a detailed message at 404.477.3687. If possible, take a photo and send it to us at fixit@atlbeltline.org. Atlanta Police Department asks everyone to be mindful of their personal safety and surroundings at all times. Please call 911 to report suspicious activity!

Say hi!

  • Atlanta may be a busy metropolis, but we still take the time to nod hello or wave to strangers as we pass by – it just comes naturally to us. Let’s continue this practice and make the Atlanta BeltLine the friendliest collection of trails in the metro area!


Look for Eddy Cat’s messages online, in social media, and maybe even on the trails! You’ll still see our Southern Charm etiquette campaign signs around, and you can find the complete gallery here.

Official Trail Rules

A special division of the Atlanta Police Department, the Path Force Unit, patrols Atlanta BeltLine trails and parks during open hours: 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. every day.

Signs are posted at trail entrances with the following trail rules:

  • Report illegal activities to 911
  • Place all litter and recycling in receptacles
  • All pets must be on a leash; pick up after your pet
  • No horses are allowed at any time
  • No motorized vehicles allowed (except for wheelchairs)
  • No tents or canopies allowed, except by special permit
  • No equipment that calls for independent power, except by special permit
  • Games and activities that could harm the landscaped area are prohibited
  • No glass containers allowed
  • No amplified music allowed, except by special permit
  • No selling of food or other items, except by special permit
  • No alcoholic beverages, except by special permit
  • Absolutely no drugs or illegal substances allowed