RULES OF THE TRAIL
With the growth and popularity of mountain biking for sport and recreation reaching an all-time high, it is an opportune time to encourage riders to practice good etiquette while enjoying our trails.
Bermuda's National Park System is utilized and appreciated by many people for a variety of recreational activities, and the Parks crews and even our own members and riders work hard to provide and maintain beautiful and accessible trails for everyone to enjoy.
Currently the walker/equestrian/cyclist relationship is generally amenable, and if we want to continue to have the free use of our National Park System, it is vital that we keep it this way. We strongly encourage riders to observe the following Rules of the Trail:
Ride On Open Trails Only
Respect trail and road closures - ask if uncertain; avoid trespassing on private land; obtain permits or other authorization as may be required. The way you ride will influence trail management decisions and policies.
Leave No Trace
Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Recognize different types of soils and trail construction; practice low-impact cycling. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage. When the trailbed is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones.
Control Your Bicycle
Wa' you can't ride?!? Inattention for even a second can cause problems. When riding inside public parks, a speed no greater than 10 mph is recommended.
Always Yield Trail
Let your fellow trail users know you're coming. A friendly greeting or bell is considerate and works well; don't startle others. Show your respect when passing by slowing to a walking pace or even stopping. Anticipate other trail users around corners or in blind spots. Yielding means slow down, establish communication, be prepared to stop if necessary and pass safely.
Never Scare Animals
All animals are startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement, or a loud noise. This can be dangerous for you, others, and the animals. Give animals extra room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders - ask if uncertain.
Know your equipment, your ability, and the area in which you are riding -- and prepare accordingly. Be self-sufficient at all times, keep your equipment in good repair, and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. A well-executed trip is a satisfaction to you and not a burden to others. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
The way we ride today shapes mountain bike trail access tomorrow. Do your part to preserve and enhance our sport's access and image by observing the following rules of the trail.
Let's do what we can to respect the rules and have fun.