Rules of the Trail
IMBA developed the “Rules of the Trail” to promote responsible and courteous conduct on shared-use trails. Keep in mind that conventions for yielding and passing may vary in different locations, or with traffic conditions. These rules have been adapted for the purposes of trails which traverse land of Sappi, Private/ Other Landowners.
- NO HELMET – NO RIDE
- Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures — ask the local club/ trail custodian for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain Day and Annual Indemnities as required. Day Indemnities available at Karkloof Country Club. Annual Indemnity available from firstname.lastname@example.org
- Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail 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 moment could put you and others at risk. Understand and obey all signage and recommendations, and ride within your limits.
- Yield Appropriately: Do your utmost to 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. Cyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Cyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, 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. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Disturbing wildlife and livestock is not acceptable.
- Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
- Take note of emergency phone numbers: Emergency phone numbers are available at all cycle hubs and come in the form of a sticker which can be stuck onto the back of your annual indemnity board.
- Adhere to FDI (fire) warnings: During the months of 01 May – 31 October be aware of the danger of fire. If uncertain contact the fire protection services listed in the emergency contact numbers. If you see any signs of fire that look unusual (i.e. there is nobody on site managing the fire), contact the Lions River Fire Protection Association on 033 330 6369 and exit the plantations as quickly as possible.
- NO SMOKING: Smoking whilst being on any Karkloof MTB Trail is strictly prohibited.
- Avoid operational areas and activities: Riders are at no time to be within 1km from any situation that may appear to be operational i.e. harvesting activity or from operational vehicles; and not be within 1 km of any active operational area or areas indicated as operational.
Thanks very much for your cooperation and enjoy the trails.