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Mountain Biking

Plan Ahead and Prepare

  • Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you wish to visit.
  • Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use.
  • Visit in small groups.
  • Account for your fitness level and those in your group.
  • Always carry maps and know how to read them.
  • Ensure that someone at home knows your itinerary.
  • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards and emergencies.
  • Where a helmet and carry adequate clothing.
  • Check your bike before your ride and carry a repair kit.
  • Carry food for longer rides and repackage food to minimise waste.
  • Carry plenty of water/ water purification tablets.

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

  • Ride only on the track.
  • Don’t detour - dismount and walk instead.
  • Brake gently before corners and avoid skidding to protect the track surface from erosion.
  • Avoid regeneration areas and places where impacts are just beginning.
  • Avoid cutting corners. Don’t widen tracks.
  • Avoid mud and soft entrances/exits around water to reduce erosion.
  • Camp only in designated sites along the track.
  • Concentrate use on existing tracks and campsites.
  • Camp away from watercourses.

Dispose of Waste Properly

  • Take your rubbish home, including organics– “pack it in, pack it out.”
  • Help protect water supplies by using existing toilets at campsites.
  • Where there are no toilets, deposit solid, human waste in cat-holes dug 10-15 cm deep at least 100 m from water, camp and the track. Cover and disguise the hole when finished.
  • Pack out all personal hygiene products.
  • Wash 100 m from streams or lakes and if necessary use only small amounts of biodegradable soap.

Leave What You Find

  • Keep your tyres clean from the start and help prevent the spread of diseases like dieback fungus.
  • Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.
  • Check your clothes, bike and body for seeds before and after you ride.
  • Leave artefacts and historical items where and as you find them.
  • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects where and as you find them.
  • Clean your tyres when you have finished especially if you have ridden through areas suspected of die back fungus.

Minimise the Impact of Fire

  • Fires can cause lasting impacts to the bush.
  • Check area regulations for fire bans.
  • Use a lightweight fuel stove for cooking and enjoy a candle or gas lantern for light.
  • Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires. Do not create new fire-pits.
  • Keep fires small. Wood is a habitat for fauna and birds. Use only small sticks that can be broken by hand.
  • Burn all wood and coals to ash. Put the fire out completely. Clean out campfires rings after use.
  • Consider using candles for light instead of fire. Don’t leave wax residue.
  • Be careful of improper cigarette butt disposal. Take butts with you.

Respect Wildlife

  • Stick to the track.
  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
  • Travel quietly.
  • Avoid wildlife especially during sensitive times: mating, nesting or when with their young.
  • Never feed native animals.
  • Protect wildlife and your food by storing meals and rubbish securely.
  • Control pets at all times or leave them at home. Check regulations.

Be Considerate of Your Hosts and Other Visitors

  • Check with landowners/managers for permission, permits and regulations.
  • Respect signage and follow rules.
  • Respect other visitors and the quality of their experience.
  • Travel in smaller groups.
  • When descending, yield to climbing cyclists.
  • Be careful and in control.
  • Slow down where there are blind spots.
  • Be courteous. Give way to other users.
  • Stop, talk quietly and move off the track if there are horseback riders.
  • Don’t race on recreational tracks.
  • Take breaks and camp away from tracks and other visitors.
  • Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.
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