Off-Road Respect and shared interests will carry us through hard times
There is a spike in trail incident reports and it’s not surprising given the circumstances. Our parks are seeing visitation increase by 200% to 300%. Weekdays are like weekends and weekends are like holidays. The lack of rain only encourages more people to head out on a ride or walk. And with that significant rise in visitation comes the likelihood of an increase in trail incidents.
Now, more than ever, we all need to advance positive interactions in our parks and open spaces. We thank those who act as outdoor ambassadors and suggest the following steps to ensure friendly interaction on the trails:
RIDE ON OPEN TRAILS ONLY.
Stay off of trails that are closed to bikes. The
way you ride will influence trail management
decisions and policies.
LEAVE NO TRACE.
Don’t cut switchbacks, don’t ride after heavy
rain, don’t skid. Stay on the trail (no cross
country riding). Don’t litter and please pick up
garbage when you see it.
CONTROL YOUR BICYCLE!
Obey all bicycle speed regulations and
recommendations, 15 mph Max, 5 mph when
passing. Ride it, don’t slide it!
ALWAYS YIELD TRAIL.
Slow down, announce your presence, be
prepared to stop. Uphill travelers have the Right
of Way, both riders should slow down and stay
to the right.
NEVER SCARE ANIMALS.
When approaching equestrians and dog walkers
announce your presence early, slow down and
ask if it’s safe to pass.
CARRY AND WEAR A MASK.
Carry a face covering, such as a mask, neck buff or bandana, and pull it over your mouth and nose when passing others.
Rather than focusing on our different methods of enjoyment, we invite you to unite with other user groups around our love of outdoor recreation, and commitment to protecting and preserving Marin’s public lands.
MEMBERS MAKE IT HAPPEN!
All of the great results you read about above are made possible by you, our members. Not a member? Join Marin County Bicycle Coalition today and enable an even better 2021!