Mountain Biking Official Rules

As some of you may or may not know, there are rules of the trail when you go Mountain Biking.  I found the Official IMBA standard code of conduct.  Some of them are common sense and being courteous to other bikers and some are for your safety and the integrity of the trails.

  1. Ride On Open Trails Only – Respect the trail and road closures, avoid trespassing on private land and obtain permits or other authorization that may be required.  Federal and state wilderness areas are closed to cycling.
  2. Leave No Trace – Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you.  Recognize different types of soils and trail construction and 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.  Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.
  3. Control Your Bicycle – Not paying attention, 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, but 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.  Give animals extra room and time to adjust to you.  When passing horses use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders – ask if uncertain.  Running cattle and disturbing wildlife is a serious offense.  Leave gates as you found them, or as marked.
  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.

The trails we ride should be left the better for it.  If your local trail system has a volunteer group that maintains them, sign up.  Keeping the trails and environment clean will ensure that many generations will be able to enjoy them as we do.

Ride, live, have fun!  See you on the trails.

Cindy 🙂

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