Mountain biking is a great way to get out and explore some of our region’s most beautiful bushland areas and keep fit at the same time. The rules of good mountain biking are simple: look after yourself, be respectful of others and take care of the area you’re in. It’s all about making sure you and others on the trail have a great day out in a safe and friendly environment.
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Respect others. Ride in small groups and be considerate of others on the trail.
Control your speed. Ride for your skill level and the conditions, and slow down on corners and blind spots. It’s not a competition or time-trial track.
Keep left and apply the standard road rules where possible.
Pass with care and always use your bell to let others know you’re coming.
Give way to horses, walkers, runners and others on the trail by moving to the side, but don’t go off the track – it damages the surrounding environment.
If you’re riding downhill, you must give way to riders coming uphill.
Tell someone where you are going and, if riding a new trail, take a map.
Always wear your helmet. Elbow and knee pads will also help protect you.
Carry water, food and a first aid kit.
Maintain your bike to avoid breakdowns.
Take a repair kit and know how to use it.
Protect the bush
Take only photographs, leave only tyre prints.
Only ride on designated trails.
Stay on the trails and don’t cut corners.
Avoid skidding, it lessens your control and damages the track.
Avoid wet and muddy areas to prevent trail damage. Don’t ride if there has been a lot of rain.
Take your rubbish home and pick up any you see.
Give back –
get involved in trail care activities and volunteer days.