Please follow these common sense guidelines to ensure everyone has a good time in Tokai.
- Be nice – first, treat everyone you meet on the trail like you’d treat your mother (if you don’t like your mother, think of someone you really really like).
- Everyone is here to have a good time and a bit of courtesy solves a lot of problems before they happen
- Greet fellow trail users – a wave and smile cost nothing but says everything
- Pay it forward – if you see someone with a mechanical issue, check if you can help them out
- Get involved – if you want to make a difference in Tokai, get involved with TokaiMTB or our volunteer trail build days.
- Prepare for your ride – don’t go out unequipped. There is no excuse for not having enough water, spare tubes, a multi-tool, food or extra layers
- Ride slower on crowded trails – just like on a busy highway, when trails are crowded it’s best to ride slower to ensure safety for all trail users
- Group rides – if you are riding in a group and pass another trail user, let them know how many riders are behind you, “four more behind” or “four back” works well
- Fit a bell – bells are small and light and a polite way to warn other users of your presence. Use them for blind corners or slow moving trail users.
- Don’t create shortcuts or easier options – some sections of trail are purposefully difficult to challenge and improve your skills. Finding a line through or over the obstacle offers the sense of achievement, that is unbeatable!
- Avoid collisions – no matter the rules, avoid accidents at all costs.
- Don’t block the entries or exits – rather move off a little and keep the entry and exit lines clear.
- No stopping in the middle of singletrack – if you stop, get off the trail.
- Don’t skid – a golden rule for keeping trails in good shape. Creating and maintaining trails is back-breaking work and costs add up quickly, you can help by following basic MTB riding guidelines.
- Ride dry trails – nothing damages a trail more than riding in sloppy mud and very wet conditions.
- Don’t ride around puddles (on singletrack) – this only widens the trail, ride through them or hop over them. Keep singletrack narrow and fun
- Leave wildlife alone! Don’t chase animals and at all costs, do not feed any wildlife.
- Don’t litter! Better yet, if you see any litter, pick it up
Right of way
- In Tokai, descending riders have right of way unless signposted otherwise
- Yielding means to slow down, establish communication and be prepared to stop if necessary. Pass all trail users safely
- Respect all other trail users
- Yelling, “STRAVA!” is not a valid passing call.
- If you feel there is something catches your eye on the trail and you need to tell someone, email us here and we’ll look into it.