Those persons riding on Council reserve land open to mountain biking will ride in the following responsible manner:
  • Maintain control
Ride within your ability. Losing control increases your risk of injury, the risk of injuring others and your impact on the environment.
  • Ride to the conditions
Your ability to control your bike will be different in different conditions. Ride within the conditions to protect yourself, others and the environment.
  • Give plenty of warning
Let others know you are there well in advance. Mountain bikes travel quietly and often at high speeds. This can be very startling for others and is one reason why many track users are so intolerant of mountain bikers. Council encourages the use of warning devices on mountain bikes.
  • Limited visibility - slow down
Where your visibility is restricted, slow down. There may be somebody just around the corner.
  • Keep left where possible
This is consistent with traffic regulations and because of people's natural tendencies should minimise risk of collision.
  • Pass with care
Be sure when passing other users that, if the unexpected occurs, you will still be able to pass safely.
  • Be courteous
Being polite and courteous to others can do nothing but improve the image of all mountain bikers. A polite greeting will suffice.
  • Always give way
Always give way to walkers, runners, and horse riders.
  • Avoid skidding
Skidding reduces your control and damages the track.
  • Minimum impact code
Observe the minimum impact code; take only photographs and leave only tyre prints.
  • Avoid sensitive areas
Avoid delicate vegetation and soft surfaces. Take extra care in damp conditions.
  • Get permission
Access is a privilege, not a right. Check if permission is required from landowners before heading out.
  • Shut the gate
If you have to open a gate while riding, ensure that you close it properly behind you.
  • Do not run livestock
Give animals a chance to get out of your way. Steer clear of farmland during lambing - August to October.

Sources: Kennett S. et. al. (1994), W.C.C. (1994), I.M.B.A. (1994)