Rules of the Trail
guidelines for behavior are recognized around the world. IMBA
developed the "Rules of the Trail" to promote responsible
and courteous conduct on shared-use trails. Keep in mind that
conventions for yielding and passing may vary, depending on
regional traditions, traffic conditions and the intended use
of the trail.
Ride on Open Trails Only. Respect trail and road
closures - ask a land manager for clarification if you are
uncertain about the statuts of a trail.
Leave No Trace. Be sensitive to the dirt beneath
you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than
dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options.
This also means staying on the trail and not creating new
ones. Don't cut swithbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as
much as you pack in.
Control Your Bicycle. Inattention for even a moment
could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed
regulations and ride within your limits.
Yeild To Others. Do your utmost to let your fellow
trail users know you're coming--a friendly greeting or bell
ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users
as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yeild to all
other trail users, unless the trail is clearlt signed for
bike-only travel. Bicyclists travling downhill should yield
to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed
for one-way or downhill-only traffic. Strive to make each
pass a safe and courteous one.
Never Scare Animals. Animals are easily startled
by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise.
Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing
horses, use special care and follow directions for horseback
riders. Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious
Plan ahead. Know your equipment, your ability and
the area in which you are riding--and prepare accordingly.
Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in god repair
and cary necessary supplies for changes in weather or other
conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
trails open be setting a good example of environmentally sound
and socially responsible off-road cycling.