Peak & Prairie

Rocky Mountain Chapter's
Online Newsletter
June / July 1998



Minimal Impact Mountain Biking Tips
by Mike Rhea, Central Upper Peninsula Group

Most mountain bikers care about the environment. Yet many are unsure how to minimize the impact of riding in natural areas. Mountain biking advocates and land managers were asked for suggestions. This summarizes their advice:


IMBA's Rules of the Trail (excerpted)
1. Ride on open trails only. Respect trail and road closures.

2. Leave no trace, practice low-impact cycling. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones.

3. Control your bicycle! Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations.

4. Always yield trail. Make known your approach well in advance. Show your respect when passing by slowing to a walking pace or even stopping.

5. Never spook 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.

6. Plan ahead. Know your equipment, your ability, and the area in which you are riding -- and prepare accordingly.

Keep trails open by setting a good example of environmentally sound and socially responsible off-road cycling. The mission of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is to promote mountain bicycling opportunites through education in environmentally sound and socially responsible riding practices and land management policies.

What you can do

If you have questions or comments, contact: International Mountain Bicycling Association, P.O. Box 7578, Boulder, CO 80306-7578 USA, tel. (303) 545-9011, fax (303) 545-9026,