Rules of the trail for mountain bikers

Ride only along trails.

Don’t ride in areas where biking could cause undesirable environmental impacts or conflicts with other users of the natural environment or landowners. The way you ride affects the decisions and attitude of owners and managers of land towards mountain-bikers.

Leave no trace.

Adapt your riding to the trail conditions. In wet conditions choose a suitable path, since a surface becomes damaged more quickly when wet. Try not to skid. Use existing trails and don’t take shortcuts. Pack out what you bring in.

Never scare animals.

Animals, both wild and domestic, are easily startled by sudden movements and noises.  Give animals the opportunity to move away. When passing horses, be considerate and follow the rider’s instructions. Leave gates and fences as you found them.

Control your bicycle.

Respect speed limits and recommendations, and be aware of your own abilities and limitations.  Inattention can cause accidents. Be alert at all times for obstacles and other users on curves and in blind spots.

Yield to others.

Let other trail users know you’re coming. A friendly greeting is always welcome. Be considerate: slow down, establish communication. When necessary move out of the way or dismount. Mountain bikers should always yield to other non-motorized trail users unless the trail is marked for bikers only. Try to choose less popular trails.

Plan ahead.

Know your equipment, your ability and the route you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: maintain your equipment and have with you sufficient food, first aid, spare parts, and extra clothing. Always wear a helmet and other appropriate protective gear.


Based on guidelines of the consortium