In part 1 & part 2 of this series, we talked about whether sharing was possible and how speed affected the ability to share. In part 3, we will talk about sight lines and how they affect the ability to share a trail.
Humans use sight far more than other our other senses to make determinations. The old adage that “a picture is worth a thousand words” is happening a million times over in our heads every second. We make choices on everything from foods to clothes based on how they appear to us. The same is true with our comfort level as we travel down a trail. We are bombarded with thousands of visual clues about our surrounding and what they mean. We don’t even think about most of these, such as our brains mapping out where to put our feet based on the visual data at the extents of our vision.
When we talk about “sightlines” as far as trail sharing, we are talking about much more than the length users can see down the trail. We are talking about all the visual cues that inform how we process what the trail is like, where it goes and where our fellow trails might be. All of this has some far-ranging impacts on how sharing functions.
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