Rules of the Trail


The following is the text of the hang tags created by Weber Pathways and displayed on bikes in Ogden bike shops.

These rules are recognized world-wide as the gold standard for etiquette on multi-user trails.

  • Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures. Do not trespass on private land. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in Wilderness areas.
  • Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more easily to damaged than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. Stay on existing trails and do not create new ones.
  • Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey speed regulations, and ride within your limits.
  • Yield Appropriately: Let your fellow trail users know you’re coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill. Strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.
  • Never Scare Animals: Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you.
  • Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Always wear a helmet.

Courtesy Weber Pathways, adapted from IMBA’s Rules of the Trail.


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