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Share the trails; a guide to harmony between users
Although TokaiMTB’s only financial and community input comes from the mountain bikers who use it, we must always remember that the area is a multi-use facility with jeep tracks open to horse riders, trail runners and hikers. For the safety of cyclists and other users, it is however the only area in the Table Mountain National Park that offers dedicated mountain bike trails – meaning that only cyclists are allowed on the single tracks.
IMBA’s Rules of the trail:
- Ride On Open Trails Only
Respect trail and road closures (ask if uncertain); avoid trespassing on private land, and obtain permits or other authorization as may be required. The way you ride will influence trail management decisions and policies.
- Leave No Trace
Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Recognise different types of soils and trail construction; practice low-impact cycling. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage. When the trail bed is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don’t cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.
- Control Your Bicycle
Inattention for even a second can cause problems. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations.
- Always Yield Trail
Let your fellow trail users know you’re coming. A friendly greeting or bell is considerate and works well; don’t startle others. Show your respect when passing by slowing to a walking pace or even stopping. Anticipate other trail users around corners or in blind spots. Yielding means slowing down, establishing communication, being prepared to stop if necessary, and passing safely.
- Never Scare 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. Give animals extra room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if you are uncertain).
- Plan Ahead
Know your equipment, your ability, and the area in which you are riding – and prepare accordingly. Be self-sufficient at all times, keep your equipment in good repair, and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. A well-executed trip is a satisfaction to you and not a burden to others. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
TokaiMTB has some ‘guidelines’ too, most of which are common decency, but let’s spell them out anyway:
- Be nice – first, treat everyone you meet on the trail like you’d treat your mother (not your mother-in-law!).
- Everyone is here to have a good time – 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.
- 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. This is doubly important for e-bikers – who are as welcome as any other user, but do need to show a modicum more restraint.
- 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.
- 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 a sense of achievement, that is unbeatable. Trail building is our job.
- Don’t block the entries or exits – rather move off a little and keep the entry and exit lines clear.
- Don’t stop 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.
- Don’t litter – better yet, if you see any litter, pick it up.
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.