6. TRAIL ETIQUETTE
When riding in large groups, it’s important to practice proper trail etiquette and be respectful of other riders and trail users. Follow these tips :
- Respect trail closures
- Leave no trace
- Control your bike
- Don’t scare animals
- Yield appropriately
If you’re descending, yield to riders that are climbing.
Yield to all other trail users (hikers, horseback riders).
Anticipate other riders when going around corners.
7. WATCH FOR FORKS
Keep the group together and watch for forks in the trail. In general, try to have the first rider wait at forks and allow time for the group to reconvene. If riders don’t want to wait, make sure each rider calls out “LEFT” or “RIGHT” to inform the rider behind them which way to go. The rider behind should call out “OK” to communicate they know which way to go, and then pass the message onto the person behind them. Fingers crossed it doesn’t turn into a game of broken telephone! Ultimately, your goal is to leave no one behind!