Each year, thousands of residents take advantage of the more than 43 miles of paved hike/bike trails currently located throughout Flower Mound. To help keep residents safe and aware, the Flower Mound Police Department would like to offer these tips:
Tell friends or family the route you will be taking and go with someone else when possible.
Avoid unfamiliar areas when on the trails alone.
Stay alert, be observant about your surroundings, and avoid areas where visibility is poor.
Do not wear headsets. Being able to hear will allow you to sense someone that you may not be able to see such as a passing cyclist.
Wear shoes and clothing that allows freedom of movement.
Take a cell phone along and consider carrying mace or pepper spray.
Wear reflective material and carry a whistle or noisemaker.
Know the location of open businesses and roadways along your route.
Take your dog if you have no one to run with and your dog is appropriate to run with.
Take alternate routes. This helps you to stay alert and make it more difficult for others to learn your routine.
Make sure you properly hydrate yourself before, during and after a walk or run.
Lock your vehicle and do not leave valuables such as purses, wallets or cell phones in view.
Carry identification (including name, phone number and pertinent medical information).