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Mountian Biking Etiquette & Guidelines


IMBA Rules for the Trail

Do your part to preserve and enhance our sport's access and image by observing the following rules of the trail. IMBA's mission is to promote mountain bicycling that is environmentally sound and socially responsible.

  1. Ride On Open Trails Only. Respect trail and road closures. Avoid trespassing on private land The way you ride will influence trail management decisions and policies.

  2. Leave No Trace. Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Recognize different types of soils and trail construction; practice low-impact cycling. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage. When the trailbed is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks.

  3. Control Your Bicycle! Inattention for even a second can cause problems. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations.

  4. Always Yield Trail. Let your fellow trail users know you're coming. A friendly greeting or bell is considerate and works well; don't startle others. Show your respect when passing by slowing to a walking pace or even stopping. Anticipate other trail users around corners or in blind spots. Yielding means slow down, establish communication, be prepared to stop if necessary and pass safely.

  5. Never Scare Animals. All animals are startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement, or a loud noise. This can be dangerous for you, others, and the animals.

  6. Plan Ahead. Know your equipment, your ability, and the area in which you are riding -- and prepare accordingly. Be self-sufficient at all times, keep your equipment in good repair, and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. A well-executed trip is a satisfaction to you and not a burden to others. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.   

Keep trails open by setting a good example of environmentally sound and socially responsible off-road cycling.

Expectations for Riding the Front Country Trails

Country trails are multi-use trails and as such are used by several thousand users each week. If you are riding downhill on these trails, expect to encounter them on your way. Your cooperation will help make everyone's experience a safe and pleasant one.

Ten things every mountain biker who rides the front country trails is expected to do:

  1. Have a bike bell so other trail users know you are approaching.

  2. Keep your speed down; practice riding techniques that minimize impacts.

  3. Good braking means never having to skid. Do not lock up your brakes.

  4. Approach switchbacks with caution and brake well before you reach them.

  5. Stay on the designated tread. The front country trails are multi-use, not a race course.

  6. Ride with other trail users in mind and enhance rather than interfere with their enjoyment.

  7. Always assume there is another trail user around each corner.

  8. Yield the right-of-way to uphill trail users. Stop and dismount if necessary to allow them to pass.

  9. When approaching equestrians, dismount and ask them what they want you to do.

  10. Be courteous. Smile and say something friendly to everyone you encounter.

 




Tuesday, July 28, 2015