Know the Code
1. Ride on open trails only.
Respect trail and road closures (ask if not sure), avoid possible
trespass on private land, obtain permits and authorizations
as may be required. Federal and State wilderness areas are
closed to cycling.
2. Leave no trace. Be
sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Even on open trails, you
should not ride under conditions where you will leave evidence
of your passing, such as on certain soils shortly after a
rain. Observe the different types of soils and trail construction;
practice low-impact cycling. This also means staying on the
trail and not creating any new ones. Be sure to pack out at
least as much as you pack in.
3. Control your bicycle!
Inattention for even a second can cause problems. Obey all
4. Always yield the trail.
Make known your approach well in advance. A friendly greeting
(or a bell) is considerate and works well; don't startle others.
Show your respect when passing others by slowing to a walk
or even stopping. Anticipate that other trail users may be
around corners or in blind spots.
5. Never spook animals.
All animals are startled by an unannounced approach, as for
you, for others, and for the animals. Give animals extra room
and time to adjust to you. In passing, sudden movement, or
a loud noise. This can be danger use special care and follow
the directions of the horseback riders (ask if uncertain).
Running cattle and disturbing wild animals is a serious offense.
Leave gates as you found them, or as marked.
6. Plan ahead. Know
your equipment, your ability, and the area in which you are
riding - and prepare accordingly. Be self-sufficient atall
times. Wear a helmet, keep your machinein good condition,
and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or otherconditions.
A well-executed trip is asatisfaction to you and not a burden
oroffense to others.
IMBA Contact Information
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