These rules were adopted from the International Mountain Bike Association and tweaked for our area.

1. Leave No Trace.

Don't short-cut trails. When you create your own personal short-cuts within the trail system to get to another trail more quickly or to get around a tough setion, you create a point of decision for the next rider that is not familiar with the trails. What is a point-of-decision? It's where a rider has to stop riding their bike and say "Which way do I go now?". Short-cutting is not cool. It is selfish. It is unnecessary. Please....don't do it.

Don't skid. Skidding tells everyone you don't have any skills, because skilled riders don't skid. If that isn't bad enough, it increases wear on the trail which leads to erosion, which leads to sandy sections. Use your front and back brake at the same time. Not only will it slow you down quicker, it will keep you from looking like a complete noob.

 Don't litter (of course).

2. Yield to Others

Be courteous to other trail users.  Slow down to a crawl or stop when approaching others. Your KOM is not worth putting the sport in a bad light. Finally, be sure to say "hi". Keeping a good rapport with other trail users keeps us out of trouble. Remember to always yield to hikers, equestrians, and the cyclists making the climb (it's easier to get back going when gravity is on your side). Mountain bikers do not own the UWF trails. If you think other trail users won't complain to UWF, think again. It has happened in the past and mountain bikers have been banned from trails on-campus due to complaints to the University. Please keep this in mind.

3. Control Your Bicycle

Expect to see other users on the trail and adjust your riding accordingly.  Close call collisions are never pretty, especially if you lose control of the bike and crash. Skidding is a sign of loss of control. Know your limits.

4. Plan Ahead

Bring water!  If you not totally familiar with the trails, carry a map (if you have one) and avoid hitting the trails late in the day.  A spare tube and a mini-tool will prevent a long hike-a-bike back to the car.  Taking a cell phone with you on the ride is also an excellent idea.

5. Ride On Open Trails Only