Hitting the Trails!
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It’s important to recognise the rights of other land users, including people who live near riding areas, bushwalkers, mountain bike riders, picnickers, horse riders and conservationists.
We already have an image problem, so we all need to be ambassadors for our sport.
1. Be aware of the laws and regulations relating to Off Road Vehicles and registration requirements.
2. Wear appropriate protective gear at all times.
3. Respect the environment. Stick to formed tracks and avoid sensitive areas such as wetlands and vegetated dunes. Treat native wildlife with respect.
4. Don’t ride when or where conditions are such that it will severely damage tracks, typically in wet or boggy conditions.
5. Stay off designated walk and cycle tracks. Trail bike tyres can damage these trails even if ridden gently.
6. Be considerate of other users of the bush. Keep to the left-hand side of any track and give way to horse riders, walkers and cyclists. When approaching horses on a track it is always best to pull over and cut your engine until the horse and rider has passed. Be courteous when talking to walkers – cut your engine and remove your helmet.
7. Ride quietly and slowly through car park / unloading areas and past general recreational areas such as camping and picnic spots. Don’t create unnecessary noise or dust.
8. Ride at a sensible speed taking into account all the circumstances. Always ride in control with sufficient allowance for unexpected events such as fallen trees, rocks and other trails users.
9. Ensure that any children riding with you are properly supervised at all times.
10. Keep the noise down. If you have to take your baffles out to go faster learn to ride better instead! Avoid riding near residential areas early in the morning (especially Sundays!) and late at night. When passing properties along fence lines button off the gas and cruise through quietly. Remember: “Less sound, more ground!”.
11. Obtain permission from the relevant landholder before riding or camping on private land. Take extra care not to scare any livestock and leave gates as you found them.
12. Don’t wear a single line rut through drainage structures such as erosion control banks.
13. Keep the environment clean. Take out what you take in and if possible do a little cleaning up while you’re there.
14. Ride gently on maintained gravel roads – try to avoid breaking traction when accelerating, braking and cornering. Power slides and roosting cut up these roads, which annoys the locals who use them and the councils who have to maintain them.
Above all, never do anything that would give a reasonable person grounds for complaint!
The information on this page is courtesy of the Recreational Trail Riders Association WA