E-Bike Trail Etiquette | Responsible Trail Use As An E-Biker

E-Bike Trail Etiquette | Responsible Trail Use As An E-Biker


– There’s nothing better
than ripping along some single track or charging
through some downhill, but to make it an enjoyable
experience for everybody there’s a few things to remember
while you’re in the zone. Some might call it trail etiquette but it’s just good manners, right? – I think it’s all about
being a responsible trail-user and I think, as an
E-Biker there’s definitely some things you need to think about. So this is our guide to some
trail etiquette for E-bikers. (upbeat music) – [Neil] On your right! – [Steve] I’m going as fast as I can! I’m trying to see where I’m going! – On your left! On your right! – I’m trying to do my
best, I’m doing my best. Leave me alone. So E-bikers come in a wide range of ages, abilities, and speed on the trail, right? – And I think a potential
point of conflict here is climbing against people
who aren’t on E-bikes, so that’s where we really
have to think about what we’re doing on our bikes. – Oh, (bleep). (bleep) Okay, you can come over me. – [Steve] Whether you’re
on an E-bike or not, we all climb at varying speeds. Have some thought for riders traveling at different speeds with
different skill levels. – When it comes to climbing
at different speeds on normal bikes, it’s common courtesy to let the rider know you’re there, but also let them know which
side you’re gonna pass on, if possible. – [Steve] And the same
applies to E-bikes, really, by all means, let the slower
rider know you’re there, but it’s maybe better ’til there’s a space in the sides of the trail before you make your move to overtake. – [Neil] Yeah it’s really about
not making that person stop just for you to go past. (upbeat music) – Whoa whoa whoa whoa, what on earth do you think you’re doing? This is a directional trail, this is like one-way traffic only. Do you know what’s gonna happen? It’s like a head-on
collision waiting to happen. – Rutting at technical tracks,
they’re a great challenge, but be aware of the
directional nature of trails. Never go riding against
traffic on downhill- or uphill-specific tracks. Stick to the trail and don’t cut corners, and don’t go cutting
inside people to overtake. – Where you going? – Why didn’t you guys drop in behind me? It’s an amazing trail! – The sign there, Steve,
says in plain English, wrong way for bikers. – It’s got it on the app! It’s a mountain bike trail on the app. – Doesn’t mean it’s right. Even if it’s on the app, it
might not be a legal trail. – (sighs) Oh man. – It does say area of historic interest, so is that you? Is that talking at you? Come on, let’s find a man-made trail. – [Steve] Don’t forget,
you can’t simply ride wherever you like, so
take care where you ride and only ride on designated trails. – Oh, you okay? – Absolutely. – Be aware of other people using the trail and show some consideration,
offer help if needed. Let’s face it, we can’t all
have the same skill level as the Dom. – Hi. – Hello! – It’s okay to be friendly, but remember, there’s no need to go over the top. – Whoa, what are you doing? What on Earth are you doing? Rule number one is leave
the hills as you found them. Tubes, tools, litter, gels, toilet paper, take it home with you. It’s really important to leave the trails as you find them. There’s nothing worse than coming across other people’s trash on the trail. Watch this. Oh, I’ve got a flat tire, right. When you get a mechanical, get off the side of the trail to fix it. It’s one of my pet hates, actually. You never know how fast
people might be going, and fixing it in the middle of the trail is gonna be dangerous. – [Steve] Don’t forget,
there will be other people on the hill as well as you. Clear the trail if you’re having a snack or just fixing your bike. – So there you go, there’s
some of our thoughts about trail etiquette but I’d love to know what you guys have got to say about it. Especially North Americans, where we know there’s some problems with trail access. Let us know in the comments how you think we can fix some of those problems. – Yeah and it’s really important we guard the future of this amazing sport. There’s plenty of space in the mountains for everybody, so just give people space. – And don’t be smug with your power. If you want to see another video about people not really being responsible
and having loads of fun, click it there for Sam and Blake. – And don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t done so already. – Thumbs up!