Trail Tolerance & Rules
Outside dedicated bikeparks and trail centres you´ll find yourself biking on shared trails a lot. Hiking trails, hunting paths and forest roads are just a few examples… The access to such trails is governed by local regulations/laws. Check before visiting an area! If you are uncertain, ride on official trails and roads only! In many cases these trail-regulations give room for interpretation – future access to trails depends a lot on our behaviour!
Be kind, friendly and respectful to others! Always slow down and yield to other trail users!
In practice respectful behaviour permits peaceful coexistence on all trails. Unpleasant encounters will be very rare and should be ignored. Some people are just never happy…
However some trails should be avoided in peak-times or if located in sensitive places. The narrow promenade around the lake is probably not the best idea on a sunny Sunday afternoon! The same goes for the short trail between the parking lot and the restaurant…be mindful when planning your ride!
Mountainbike advocacy groups have established a few simple trail rules for environmentally- and socially compliant biking:
- Ride on open trails only: Respect local trail closures & private land.
- Leave no trace: Don´t shortcut or lock your wheels. Stay on trails. This prevents rapid erosion and trail damage. Leave no trash!
- Control your bicycle: Ride within your limits. Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Hikers, animals, other bikers or obstacles can suddenly appear.
- Yield to others: Let your fellow trail users know you’re coming. Bicyclists should yield to all other trail users. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill.
- Never scare animals: Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders.
- Plan ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area. Keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
Tip: A small bell at the bars can also help to make others aware of you early. Although in some regions in Canada or USA these are considered “dinner bells” for bears… 😉