HOW TO MINIMIZE YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT WHEN MOUNTAIN BIKING

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2. KEEP IT UNDER CONTROL

When picking up speed on the downhill, it can become necessary to hit the brakes when approaching a switchback, hikers, or other cyclists. Riders can save excessive damage to the terrain by managing their speed and being aware of turns and other people on the trail. Rather than skid and spray dirt and debris all over the surrounding plant life,  take it easy and hit those turns at a speed you can handle without slamming the brakes.

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3. BE MINDFUL OF CRITTERS

Wildlife is already at the mercy of human decision making and   Bikers can ease the stress on animals by keeping an eye out and slowing down. Often the sounds and speed of bikes frighten and disrupt the habits of wildlife.   A little awareness can make a big impact on the quality of life for any animals living or travel near the trail.  If you’re riding in remote areas where you could encounter larger mammals (bears, moose, deer etc.)  make noise as you go around corners, or consider wearing a bell to ensure you don’t startle larger creatures.  For more tips check out  How to Prepare for Wildlife Encounters on Your Mountain Bike Trips.

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