Education

Our Responsibility

Every time we take our bike out on the trail, we represent the mountain biking community as a whole. It is our responsibility as trail users to educate ourselves in proper trail use; especially when sharing it with hikers, horses, or motorized vehicles.  Start by learning IMBA’s Rules of the Trail.

Rules of the Trail

  • Ride On Open Trails Only
  • Leave No Trace
  • Control Your Bicycle
  • Always Yield Trail
  • Never Scare Animals
  • Plan Ahead

Share the Trail

  • When sharing trails, take some time to put yourself in other user’s shoes. Consider how they perceive mountain bikers and what we can do to reduce conflict.
  • Be friendly and courteous. Make sure to announce your presence when approaching other users AND thank them when parting ways.
  • Warn people when you are planning to pass. Use your voice to warn equestrians, not bells or horns. Bells or horns may frighten horses.
  • When a horse approaches, move off the trail and ask the rider for instructions.
  • Downhill traffic should yield to uphill traffic. When in doubt, give the other user the right of way.
  • Anticipate other trail users around corners and blind spots.

Respect the Trail

  • Use unpaved trails only when they are dry, not muddy or wet, to avoid leaving ruts.
  • Be particularly mindfull of route selection in the spring and fall when snow and runoff is prevalent.
  • If you do encounter puddles, stay on the trail to avoid widening it.
  • Try not to skid your tires. Modulate your speed when entering turns.
  • Learn how to volunteer for trail maintenance projects (check out Events for upcoming opportunities!).