How to care for the environment and others when trail biking.

Help to ensure the long-term sustainability of both the activity and the environment.

  • Abide by the laws and regulations covering all vehicles and drivers.
  • Always use recognised vehicle tracks. Avoid widening tracks.
  • Avoid sensitive areas such as alpine landscapes, swamps, waterways, sand dunes and river beds which are easily damaged.
  • Keep the environment clean. Take all your rubbish with you.
  • Protect plants, animals, historical and archaeological sites and geographic features. Respect wildlife, look but don’t disturb. Keep your distance.
  • Plan your trip. Ask the local DOC visitor centre about track conditions, fire restrictions, huts and campsites.
  • Check the web page to see if a permit is required for access. Ask permission if your trip crosses private land.
  • Leave gates as you find them.
  • Take plenty of water, food, fuel, break-down tools, radio equipment and spares on trips. In remote areas travel with others.
  •  Always thoroughly clean your motorcycle before trips to avoid spreading weeds and plant and animal diseases.
  • Respect the right of others for quiet enjoyment of the outdoors. Avoid noisy riding. Give way to walkers and mountain bikers.  
  • Be prepared for the unexpected, drive at a speed which will allow you to stop if a hazard arises.
  • If winching is necessary, use another vehicle. If you must use a tree use webbing or padding to prevent damage to the tree.
  • Cross waterways at designated crossings.
  • Avoid tracks that are wet, they are easily damaged and expensive to repair.
  • Keep your vehicle mechanically sound to reduce emissions.
  • Carry a tent as huts can be full. Camp carefully and only light fires where permitted.
  • Join a responsible club and learn more about how you can drive for minimal impact on the environment.
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