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Recreation Code of Ethics urged by Blue Ribbon Coalition
This etiquette guideline for trail users is from a motorized perspective.
From the Blue Ribbon Coalition
Several different codes of behavior and trail use guidelines have been promoted by a variety of trail groups. The following Cole of Ethics comes from the Blue Ribbon Coalition. It makes some good points about courtesy for equestrians, bicyclists, and ATV riders, as well as those such as hikers who drive a vehicle to a trailhead.
1. I will respect the rights of all recreationists to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. I will respect public and private property.
2. I will park considerately, taking no more space than needed, without blocking other vehicles, and without impeding access to trails.
3. I will keep to the right when meeting another recreationist. I will yield the right-of-way to traffic moving uphill.
4. I will slow down and use caution when approaching or overtaking another recreationist.
5. I will respect designated areas, trail-use signs, and established trails.
6. When stopping I will not block the trail.
7. I will not disturb wildlife. I will avoid areas posted for the protection of wildlife .
8. I will pack out everything I pack in, and will not litter.
9. I realize that my destination objective and travel speed should be determined by my equipment, ability, the terrain, weather, and the traffic on the trail. In case of an emergency, I will volunteer assistance.
10. I will not interfere with or harass others. I recognize that people judge all trail users by my actions.
11. Motorized users should pull off the trail and stop their engines when encountering horseback riders. It is also a good idea to take off your helmet and greet the riders.
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Updated March 16, 2007