Biking and inline skating safety tips

You are responsible for your own safety! Biking, mountain biking and inline skating all have their own inherent risks, and you assume complete responsibility for your own safety.

Safety tips for all cyclists

  • Always wear a helmet and fasten it. Helmets protect your head.
  • Shift into lower gears when biking up hills to reserve energy.
  • Wear bright clothing so drivers and other trail users can see you.
  • Be courteous to horseback riders on multiple use trails, horses may be easily spooked.
  • Obey the rules of the road. Bikers must stop at all stop signs and traffic lights and use turning signals, just like other vehicles.
  • Ride on the right hand side of the road, in the same direction as traffic.
  • Look both ways at intersections or driveways. Be on the lookout for people who may not see you.
  • Keep your bike tuned up to prevent mechanical problems.
  • Protect your bike. Lock it up or keep it in a safe place when not in use.
  • Ride with friends. It's more fun and you have someone to help you if you need it.
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary with a responsible person.

Additional safety tips for mountain bikers

  • Test the fit and function of your equipment before each ride.
  • In addition to always wearing a properly fastened helmet, add extra safety gear as appropriate.
  • Always yield the trail. Let others know you are coming, and call out "on your left!" before you pass.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and other trail users.
  • Ride to your ability and in control at all times.
  • Do not ride wet and soft trails.
  • Ride open trails only.
  • Lower your tire pressure for better traction control.
  • Lower your seat to help keep your center of gravity on long downhills.
  • Use your brakes intermittently on rough terrain.
  • Bring repair equipment, it could be a long hike if you have mechanical problems.
  • Always keep your speed at a level that will allow full control.

Additional safety tips for inline skaters

  • Always wear protective equipment: helmet, elbow and knee pads, gloves, and wrist guards.
  • Wear bright clothing so drivers and other trail users can see you.
  • Check skates to make sure they are in good condition. Replace worn out parts that may cause mechanical problems.
  • Know your skill level before you go out on a trail.
  • Study the trail map before you go. Look for topography changes that indicate hills or slopes.
  • Do not attempt to skate on natural surfaces, stay on the pavement.
  • Look both ways at intersections or driveways. Be on the lookout for people who may not see you.
  • Skate on the right side of the trail and let other trail users know that you are passing by calling out "on your left!"
  • Skate with friends. It's more fun and you have someone to help you if you need it.
  • If you happen to fall, try to land in a grassy area.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and other trail users, and skate in control at all times.

Checklist of things to bring

 

Biking:

  • Bike tools
  • Cell phone
  • First aid kit
  • Food and water (bring extra)
  • Gloves
  • Helmet
  • Lights (flashing) for evening/night visibility
  • Map/compass
  • Rain gear
  • Safety or sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Tire pump, patches, spare tube

Inline-skating:

  • Bug repellant
  • Cell phone
  • Food and water
  • First aid kit
  • Map
  • Protective equipment
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen