Submitted by lt_dan on Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:59pm
Now that everyone is getting back on the bike the SHCC would like to remind all about the IMBA Rules of the Trail. Please Read and Follow.
IMBA Rules of the Trail
These guidelines for trail behavior are recognized around the world. IMBA developed the "Rules of the Trail" to promote responsible and courteous conduct on shared-use trails. Keep in mind that conventions for yielding and passing may vary, depending on traffic conditions and the intended use of the trail.
1. Ride On Open Trails Only
Respect trail and road closures -- ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as may be required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal Wilderness.
2. Leave No Trace
Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.
3. Control Your Bicycle
Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.
4. Yield to Others
Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you're coming -- a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to all other trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. Strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.
5. Never Scare Animals
Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.
6. Plan Ahead
Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding -- and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
Mountain Biking Courtesy Rules
When you are riding nature trails in national parks, forests, or mountains, it is very likely that you will encounter other users of these trails. As a mountain biker, you probably travel at a much higher speed than the other users. Therefore, you need to take precautions and be considerate of others.
In this section, know the different guidelines in showing courtesy and consideration to other people and the environment:
- Hikers and Joggers
Most trails were developed by people who walked on them and not by mountain bikers. Hikers and joggers were first - so you should pay attention to them. Don't pass at excessive speed, otherwise you will startle them. Be sure to make yourself known that you are near them with a kind greeting or a bell. Instead of a bell or greeting, a subtle noise like a gear shift or foot scrape is sometimes enough.
Never assume that they have seen you, until they look up. Then it is time to pass. Also, always thank anyone who yields their right-of-way to you, or holds pets or young children as you pass.
- Equestrians and their Horses
As some horses are scared of bikes, please dismount your Mountain Bike about 50 feet or 15 meters from the horse. Most owners of the horses will thank you for dismounting, and they will appreciate it. You never know whether you are dealing with inexperienced horses or beginners in horseback riding. Thus, be considerate by not startling the animal and/or the person when you pass by.
- The Environment
Do not leave anything on the trail! Do not throw candy wrappers, bike parts, gel tube tops, etc. on the trail as these are totally non-biodegradable. If the trail is too difficult, dismount and do not try to follow an easier route. This will avoid new paths and will minimize erosion.
These are just some of the guidelines or courtesy rules in Mountain Biking. It is essential to take into account not only other people but also our surroundings. Be responsible and considerate. In this way, you will be able to build good relationships with others - one of the many things that Mountain Biking can offer.
2013 SHCC Memberships are now available.
All the required documents to get the process started are found below.
Your 2012 SHCC Membership expires on January 31, 2013.
Completed forms and your payment can be mailed to:
(cheque or money order payable to the ShortHills Cycling Club)
3 Kathy Court
You will find the SHCC Membership Application Packaged below. The Waiver is required to be completed, signed at the red X's and submitted before your Club Membership can be approved. Don't delay, get it done today!
PLEASE NOTE: All membership applications are subject to final approval by the SHCC Executive as per our bylaws.
Unapproved Membership applicants will be notified and payment will be refunded.