Adhering to these rules will directly influence trail management decisions and the future of the trails:

  1. Stay on designated single track trails only (marked green on the map, ask if not sure) – Most of the wider double track ATV trails are illegal, while the rest are meant ONLY for service vehicles. The illegal ATV trails are not maintained, some are unsafe, erosion prone, and detrimental to the forest. Some lead to private land where the public is unwelcome. Trespassing on private land will generate opposition to the public trail system.
  2. Do not alter trails or create shortcuts – ALL unauthorized alterations will promptly be reversed. This creates unnecessary work for the volunteers and diverts resources from genuine trail improvements. The only way to make trail changes is though the Trail Committee’s proper planning process.
  3. Do not litter – YOU should carry out EVERYTHING that you brought in. Disposable water bottles can’t be held securely in water bottle cages, do not use them on bikes.
  4. Skid in your shorts not on the trails – Skidding shows poor riding technique and damages the trails.
  5. Stay away from muddy trails – Wet & soft soil + tires & boots = soil displacement. Displaced soil = erosion. Erosion = trail closure. In other words, if it is damp enough that your tires leave tread marks then please do not ride the trails.
  6. Cyclists wear a helmet – Riding cross-country trails without a helmet is just plain reckless and shows disrespect to landowners. A rider without a helmet is inviting trouble and bad trail publicity.
  7. Ride within your ability – Mishaps raise concerns and can cause trail closures.
  8. Easy around the corners – Anticipate that other trail users may be around corners or in blind spots.
  9. Cyclists follow proper trail flow – Hydrocut is a busy urban trail system. To move the traffic as smoothly as possible, some trails have been designated ONE WAY ONLY. (These trails are marked with one way signs and indicated on the trail map). Yield to uphill traffic on two-way trails. Hikers and runners are encouraged to travel the opposite way for easier spotting of approaching cyclists.
  10. Do not destroy vegetation and disturb wildlife – The forest is a precious environmentally sensitive oasis. The health of the forest takes priority over trails’ existence. A damaged forest is a damaged cyclist/hiker reputation.
  11. More general rules and trail etiquette