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Bike Park - Conditions of Use and Trail Etiquette

Bike Park - Conditions of Use

General Warning & Exclusion of Liability

Sporting activities at Stromlo Forest Park maybe dangerous and may result in injury or death to the person &/or property loss or damage. Users participating and spectators viewing these activities do so at their own risk.

To the extent permitted by law, the Australian Capital Territory excludes all liability, including but not limited to liability for personal injury, death, property damage, property loss, and consequential loss or damage of any kind arising from the use of &/or entry to Stromlo Forest Park, whether in contract, by negligent act or omission, or any other tortious action.

In emergency ring: 000

Venue management: (02) 6256 6700

 What to do if you encounter a horse:

  • Cyclists should yield to horses by stopping and asking permission of the horse rider to pass.
  • Cyclists must allow horse riders time to position their horses for safety.
  • Cyclists should not ring bells as they may startle a horse - voice contact is preferable. A frightened horse is a danger to you, the horse rider and other park users.
  • It is advisable not to pass within a metre of a horse as they may kick if startled and have considerable reach

 Downhill (DH) 

Downhill mountain biking is a hazardous sport; all users must wear a helmet (Australian Standard Certified) at all times. It is recommended that downhill users use a full face helmet and neck brace as well as appropriate riding equipment including; gloves, enclosed footwear, goggles, kneepads, shin guards, elbow pads and covered clothing and a  ride a suitable, well maintained bike.

  • MTB’s are not permitted on designated equestrian trails (marked by orange posts). Horses are not permitted on MTB trails. Exercise caution where these trails intersect.
  • Observe and follow all signage placed on the trail at all times.
  • Downhill trail trails are one-way only.
  • Maintain an appropriate distance between riders.
  • Slower riders should pull over where safe to let faster riders pass.
  • Don’t take shortcuts; ride only on the trail provided.
  • Ride within your ability – use the provided alternative lines to navigate difficult sections.
  • Trail use may be restricted for safety reasons at various times or for special events.
  • Pedestrians must stay off the trail at all times and cross with extreme care.
  • Organisers of a planned event may change user procedures at their discretion and must advise all users of these changes prior to their participation.
  • Avoid walking up the trail or crossing the trail where possible. 

Cross Country (XC)

Trials

  • Use the Trials area within your ability. 
  • All users must wear a certified helmet (Australian Standard Certified) at all times.
  • Use appropriate riding equipment including: gloves, enclosed footwear and covered clothing.
  • Leave an appropriate distance between yourself and other riders.
  • Significant obstacles are present in the Trials area, please observe and navigate appropriately.
  • Use may be restricted for safety reasons at various times or for special events.
  • Spectators must remain at a safe distance from the Trails area at all times.

Mountain Bike

Trails

  • Obey all signage at Stromlo Forest Park.
  • Courtesy is the best safety on the trail. Remember that your behaviour is a reflection on the MTB community as a whole.
  • Other trail users may not be familiar with the MTB trails. Talk to them about their use, directions and safety.
  • Know the local trail rules. Minimise your impact by staying on the MTB trails.
  • Stromlo Forest Park has designated Mountain Bike (MTB) and equestrian trails. Cyclists are not permitted to use designated equestrian trails. Equestrians are not permitted to use designated MTB trails. Other fire trails are open to both equestrians and cyclists.
  • Equestrians have the right of way over other users on all trails. This is an international standard. Walkers have next priority and then cyclists.
  • Cyclists should yield to horses by stopping and asking permission of the horse rider to pass.
  • Cyclists must allow horse riders time to position their horses for safety.
  • Cyclists should not ring bells as they may startle a horse - voice contact is preferable. A frightened horse is a danger to you, the horse rider and other park users.
  • It is advisable not to pass within a metre of a horse as they may kick if startled and have considerable reach.
  • Pass other trail users with care and travel in single file on busy trails.
  • Slow down at intersections where you are likely to meet MTB and equestrian trail intersections and watch for other users.
  • Ride your MTB at a controlled speed, especially approaching blind corners.
  • Keep to the right when passing other users.
  • Carry a mobile phone, especially if you are riding on your own. Know who to call in an emergency, either 000 or a friend or park management.
  • Report problems with trail conditions to the SFP management on 02 6256 6700.