Adaptive Mountain Biking

Trail Design for Accessibility and Reduced Risk

This webinar will focus on trail design for accessibility and risk reduction for adaptive mountain biking.

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December 16, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:30 PM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE


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Webinar Sponsors

This webinar is free to the public, thanks to a generous sponsorship from New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), and the Federal Highway Administration.


Webinar Outline

This webinar will provide an introduction to the topic, including general definitions, trail signage opportunities, as well as trails managed use, class, designated use, etc. and how there is overlap in sustainable trail building tactics (methodologies) and usability for all.

This webinar will also speak about adaptive mountain biking specifically and the HOW (how to get trail crews involved, their buy-in/support, making change, being inclusive. This will also include work that has been done to create guidelines (no standards until a Natl Agency adopts them) for trails and a general categorization of devices and capabilities.

Lastly, the webinar will cover the design and technical aspects of adaptive mountain biking trails.

Learning Objectives

  • Definitions of adaptive trail design
  • Strategies for integrating opportunities into current trail and new trail systems
  • Design and technical aspects of adaptive mountain biking


This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).

Webinar Resources

Person with a Disability Resources:

Video: Quinn Brett and the Tour Divide aMTB

US Access Board Specific Trail Standards

United Spinal Association: Disability Etiquette (pdf)

Kootenay Adaptive Sport Association (KASA) Resources:

International Mountain Bicycling Trail Bibles/Books:

The UNPavement Project aMTB Trail Accessibility Rating System

County of Los Angeles Trails Manual

Book: Natural Surface Trails by Design

US Forest Service:


Webinar Partners


Quinn Brett, Program Analyst, Wilderness: Accessibility: Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Programs, National Park Service
Estes Park, Colorado

Worked as a climbing ranger in Rocky Mountain for 4 seasons, taught Wilderness EMT courses in the off -season for Remote Medical. Off-season pursuits globally as an accomplished mountain athlete, (first ascent on Fitz RoyFitz Roy in Patagonia). Sustained a climbing fall in Yosemite National Park October 2017, resulting spinal cord injury and paralysis from the waist down. Working in a new (one year in) tri-division role with the NPS; National Program analyst in the wilderness, accessibility, and outdoor recreation divisions. Still recreating as much as possible, first person to hand-cycle the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

from Canada to Mexico in 2021.


Mike Riediger, CEO, Kootenay Adaptive Sport Association (KASA)
Nakusp, British Columbia, Canada

Through his work in more inclusive outdoor recreation and sport, he has led KASA to a number of world firsts in the emerging sport of adaptive mountain biking, helping to bring British Columbia to the centre stage in development of this new sport. Not only does he focus on the growth of competitive sport, he is also an advocate for more accessible mountain biking trails for all. Since starting the KASA program, he worked directly with the implementation of over 100 km of more inclusive trails in the province and more around the globe. Mikes' background is in tourism development and brand management and is currently on an advisory board for the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, for the Province of BC, helping to raise issues of access and inclusion.


Chris Orr, Trail Builder - Education, Design, and Construction, Trail Solutions, International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)
Santa Ynez, California

Chris Orr has been building trails for forty some odd years with the last seven as a professional trail builder, designer, and educator for IMBA's Trail Solutions. Working to create more inclusion, opportunity, and adventure for all users on trails, Chris formed his own adaptability (missing parts of feet, left leg) by working through adaptive sports programs, becoming a orthotic/prosthetics technician, and continued trail education. All of which now assists in assessing, designing, and building adaptive trails and signage.


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  • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES PDH) (most HSW approved)
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