These rules were adopted from the
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