Safety Information for Downhill Mountain Biking

Mountain Biker's Responsibility Code

Mountain biking involves risk of serious injury or death. Your knowledge, decisions, and actions contribute to your safety and that of others. You should always adhere to the following code:

  1. STAY IN CONTROL: You're responsible for avoiding objects and people.
  2. KNOW YOUR LIMITS: Ride within your ability. Start small and work your way up.
  3. PROTECT YOURSELF: Use an appropriate bike, helmet, and protective equipment.
  4. INSPECT AND MAINTAIN YOUR EQUIPMENT: Know your components and their operation prior to riding.
  5. BE LIFT SMART: Know how to load, ride, and unload lifts safely. Ask if you need help. 
  6. INSPECT THE TRAILS AND FEATURES: Conditions change constantly; plan and adjust your riding accordingly.
  7. OBEY SIGNS AND WARNINGS: Stay on marked trails only. Keep off closed trails and features. Ride in the direction indicated.
  8. BE VISIBLE: Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, feature, landing, or are not visible.
  9. LOOK AND YIELD TO OTHERS: Look both ways and yeild when entering or crossing a road or trail. When overtaking, use caution and yeild to those ahead.
  10. COOPERATE: If involved in or witness to an incident, identify yourself to staff.

Mountain Bike Checklist

Mountain bike trails are rough and demanding on both the bike and body. Before riding always inspect your equipment or have it checked by a qualified bike mechanic.

  1. Ensure your helmet is in good shape and properly adjusted.
  2. Inspect bike frame, fork and other components for cracked, damaged or dented areas.
  3. Check that your brake pads are in good condition and are not worn.
  4. Front and rear axles (skewers) should be tight.
  5. Headset and stem must be secure with no looseness or play.
  6. Check that your tires are in good condition, with no tears or cuts in the sidewall.
  7. Handle bar and handle grips must be tight and unable to spin.
  8. Seat and seat post must be fastened securely.

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