Trail Etiquette and Advice for Shared-Use Trails
- Yield to hikers, runners & horses
- Downhill bikers yield to uphill bikers
- Stop! Yield with one foot on the ground and two wheels on the trail when yielding to hikers, runners & bikers. Don’t ride parallel to the trail.
- Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you’re coming – a friendly greeting is a good method. Anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.
Good Trail Ethic:
- Always slow down and say hello when encountering other users
- Control your speed
- Ride, don’t slide & don’t skid
- Don’t cut corners or curves
- Stay on the trail
When encountering another user from behind, slow down, announce your presence early and ask to pass. If you encounter horses or other livestock on a road or trail, make them aware of your presence, dismount if appropriate, and move slowly by without startling them. Step off the trail downhill as startled animals will move uphill. Do not ride up quickly on stock. It can be dangerous for you and the rider(s).
Group Ride Etiquette:
Ride in groups no larger than 10 or 12. If you have a larger number of riders, please consider splitting your group up and either leaving at different times, or riding different loops.
And always be respectful and courteous!
Revere the Resource:
Help protect accessibility by playing nicely with your neighbors and treating trails with reverence. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics and pitch in to give back – pick up trash, volunteer on a trail project or become a WRBC member. Take action and get involved today!
Avoid spreading seeds–Help keep weeds out of our forests. Noxious weeds threaten our healthy ecosystems and livelihoods. Stay on trail, drive on designated roads, check your socks and bike for hitchhikers when you get back to the trailhead. Let’s keep our forests strong and clean.
Be informed– It’s YOUR responsibility to be “in the know.” Questions about where to ride, trail closures, outdoor ethics and local regulations are important to know before you head out on the trails. Contact your local land manager if you are unsure about what you can and can’t do in a given area.
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