You never know what's around the corner Trail Manners: Slow Down EVEN MORE!
We are often asked by mountain bikers what they can do to increase trail access. The #1 answer? Always slow down when passing others and – most importantly – really slow down!
If all mountain bikers practiced this single gesture of goodwill when riding in our parks and open spaces, 90% of the anger and vitriol directed at bicycles would likely go away. When riding, be an ambassador of our activity and promote our friendly nature.
Slow down on trails AND fire roads!
Often bicyclists don’t slow down on fire roads because they know they are at a safe distance from the people they are passing. Problem is, people will always be startled by a fast moving object coming from behind, even if there is no threat of impact. So slow down every time you pass someone, whether on fire roads or trails.
Really Slow Down!
When passing other users, you are required to slow down to 5 MPH. That might seem slow, but it’s the law. If you are traveling at 15 MPH that means you need to reduce your speed by two-thirds. You should be traveling at a speed that allows you to say hello and hear the reply before passing. Slow down when entering blind corners or areas with poor sightlines or visibility
Announce your presence with a Howdy or Hello!
Bells are great when you first see someone else on the trail, but why not go the extra mile and say “Hi”, Howdy!” or “Hello”. The voice is soothing and will likely prompt a friendly response, embedding a safe interaction in the mind of the trail user.
Help MCBC change the common narrative into one where hikers, walkers and equestrians say “Bike Always Slow Down!”
Consider where and when you ride.
While we’re all free to enjoy our public lands however we like, a little thought given to where and what time of day you ride might mitigate the need to slow down. For example, if you ride Railroad Grade or the loop around Lake Lagunitas on the weekend, you’re likely to run into a lot of people. A little planning can reduce the chances of encountering large groups of visitors.
MCBC’s Off-Road Program has an ambitious summer and fall planned!
MCBC will be launching a new trail stewardship training program designed to build the next generation of trail crew leaders. First project on the list will be work on the recently adopted Eagle Rim Trail on Mount Burdell, with other projects planned for later in 2018. MCBC will also be out in force at trailheads spreading the message to Slow and Say Hello!