9 fair-play rules for bicycle tours
- Rule 1: Pedestrians have the right of way! A bell is not just a nice accessory: Use it, when SLOWLY approaching hikers and pedestrians. And another thing: No littering! Dispose of your rubbish in the bins provided therefore.
- Rule 2: Safety first! Speed second! Make sure you always anticipate branches, rocks or trail damage – especially after curves. Be ready to brake and stay in control of your bike!
- Rule 3: What is true for driving cars also holds for mountain biking: No alcohol! When you take a rest, be considerate in your use of bike stands and be aware of your dirty shoes or clothes. In case of emergency you are obliged to provide first aid!
- Rule 4: ‘No vehicles’ signs and roadblocks apply also to mountain bikers. Riding outside of marked paths and at times paths are closed is illegal and may be punished.
- Rule 5: Mountain biking requires a high degree of concentration and attention. Better not let talking on the phone and listening to music distract you.
- Rule 6: As a mountain biker you are a guest in the forest and expected to treat foresters, hunters and wild animals with respect. This includes avoiding unnecessary noise and respecting wildlife by riding during the day only.
- Rule 7: Safe riding means riding within your own abilities. Don’t overestimate your skills and fitness – it will ruin the fun of mountain biking. Wear that helmet – even when you are going uphill. And have a repair set and dressing material with you in case of a technical defect.
- Rule 8: When approaching grazing animals, do so at walking speed to avoid flight and panic reactions. And don’t forget to shut all meadow gates after your passage.
- Rule 9: Street traffic rules must be observed on all mountain bike trails. Your bike must be in proper technical condition and have the right equipment: Brakes, a bell and lights are non-negotiable gear.