Many people use East Bay Regional Park District parklands and trails safely every day, but accidental injuries do happen, and a person who might decide to harm you could be anywhere. We suggest that you minimize your "risk factors" while in District parklands as you would in any public area. You can remove a risk factor by following each of these tips:
Own the trail. Project alertness, confidence, and determination. Your shoulders are back, you are aware of your surroundings, and you have somewhere to go.
Go with a buddy. Enjoy your trails and parklands with a friend. Two or more trail users can assist each other in the event of accident or injury, and one can always seek help.
The day is your friend. It's better to avoid dusk and darkness.
Use all your senses. Listen for suspicious noises. Don't wear headphones; they impair your ability to hear someone approaching you from behind. If you sense that an area may be unsafe for you, leave.
Take what you need. Carry personal identification. If you use a medication frequently, such as for diabetes or angina, take it and instructions for use with you.
Leave valuables at home. Don't make yourself an obvious target. If you must leave valuables in your vehicle while you are enjoying your picnic lunch or using the trails, hide them well before you arrive at the parking area; auto burglaries are all too common.
Call for help. If you need assistance or encounter someone else needing assistance in the District, call 911 (call 510-881-1121 from a cell phone). Many District employees and volunteers can also request assistance for you.
Have someone waiting. Always let someone else know where you will be going and when you will return, and instruct him or her to call 911 if you do not return as planned.
Be easy to find. Use marked, authorized trails only.