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!).