The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has affected nearly every part of our lives, and, unfortunately, mountain biking is no different. UVMBA recognizes that mountain biking is so many things – a huge joy, a release from everyday life,and a primary source of exercise for many members. It also has a huge positive effect on our mental health. We believe that our trails can be used in a safe manner during this time if you follow these guidelines.
Note that none of this guidance overrides trail closures for mud season and/or other trail conditions. Please do not ride on soft or muddy trails even if they are open.
- Refrain from riding if you are exhibiting symptoms, even if you think it is just a cold.
- Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during rides.
- Avoid using port-a-potties and other facilities at the trailhead.
- Do not travel significant distances to ride.
- Do not take chances that may result in needing medical care.
- Group rides are not recommended.
- If you choose to ride in a group, be generous and allow greater than 6 feet.
- Groups of family or household members preferred over other groups.
- While on trails, warn other users of your presence. Step aside to let others pass; keep in mind that singletrack is usually only about 3 feet wide. Passing at intersections and other widened areas is recommended.
- Generously observe the CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times.
- If the trailhead appears busy, choose another time or place to ride. Try to choose less popular times.
- Recognize that due to many people not working, and generally being stuck at home, you may see lots of new users – please be welcoming and respectful.