Biking Trail Ethics

Great Trails in Jasper National Park

Be pre­pared! Bicy­cles can take you far­ther into the back­coun­try than you can walk in a day.  You are respon­si­ble for your own safe­ty.

Single track
Sin­gle track

Biking Ethics

  • Always wear a hel­met
  • Cyclists should be on the alert for wildlife.  Stop and wait for the ani­mal to move away.  All ani­mals in the park are wild and can behave unpre­dictably.  Be espe­cial­ly wary of elk in the spring when they are calv­ing and again in the fall when they are mat­ing.  Use bear bells on your bike and make noise when bik­ing to through shrub­by areas and when approach­ing cor­ners.  Read ” You are in Bear Coun­try ” avail­able at the Parks Infor­ma­tion Cen­tre, to find out what to do should you encoun­ter bear.
  • Treat oth­er trail users with cour­tesy , espe­cial­ly on down­hill stretch­es.  Slow down when approach­ing blind spots and use a bell, horn or whistle to alert oth­er vis­i­tors and wildlife to your pres­ence.
  • Cycle only on des­ig­nat­ed trails and avoid rid­ing around mud holes which will widen that trail and dam­age veg­e­ta­tion. Get mud­dy instead.
  • Hors­es have the right of way.  In encoun­ters with horse par­ties, dis­mount and stand a few feet off the trail (prefer­ably on the down­hill side) until the par­ty has passed.   When approach­ing from behind, stay a few metres back to avoid being kicked.   Let horse rid­ers know of your pres­ence and wait for their instruc­tions before you pass.
  • Don’t lit­ter! If you pack it in, pack it out!
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If you come across horse­back rid­ers, please dis­mount

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