Trail etiquette and usage plea/reminder

Fellow mountain bikers and trail users, a quick plea/reminder on recommended trail etiquette and usage for our shared trails in the area.

  1. STAY OFF WET TRAILS – our local trails get a lot of use.  Riding them when they are muddy or wet increases the damage to them by providing ruts for water to run in, enlarging puddles and preventing drainage.  General rule of thumb is 24 hours for each inch of rain received.  We received ~2 inches yesterday.  Other general rule is if you can see your tire tracks in the ground, its too wet. (go ride gravel, and/or climb some steep hills instead)
  2. RESPECT AND BE COURTEOUS to other trail users.
    1. Slow down when you encounter other trail users.
    2. Warn them you are coming with a bell or voice.  Do it early, not at the last minute to scare them.  Give them time to process the warning.
    3. Smile and say hello.  Being friendly helps break down stereotypes of mean, aggressive riders.
    4. If given a choice, pull over and let walkers and runners go by.
    5. If a runner or walker pulls over (and steps into the poison ivy/thorns), SAY THANK YOU!

We are sharing the local trails with other users.  We are trying to build a community where mountain bikers are considered positively, not as threats to the trail’s themselves, and other users of the trails.

I’ve been told recently by several hikers and runners that they have encountered rude bikers who do not slow down, do not warn them they are coming, do not say thank you for getting out of their way. This has made them scared to use the trails.

All it takes is several bad examples to sour all the work CAMBC is doing to gain access to, and become trusted advisors of our local trail systems and their owners and managers.

Thanks for your consideration, and thank you for supporting CAMBC.

John Lewis
CAMBC Board Member
RTF Board Member

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