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SAFETY

 

The number one goal at Shepherd Mountain Bike Park is safety!  Before purchasing shuttle tickets, we encourage riders to review the information below and elsewhere so they are up to speed on what safety precautions they need to take at the park.

Mountain Bike Responsibility Code

Mountain Biking involves the risk of serious injury or death. Your knowledge, decisions, and actions contribute to your safety and that of others. For your safety and the safety of others, please always adhere to the code.

  • STAY IN CONTROL. You are responsible for avoiding objects and people.

  • KNOW YOUR LIMITS. Ride within your ability. Start small and work your way up.

  • PROTECT YOURSELF. Use an appropriate bike, helmet, and protective equipment. Helmets are REQUIRED and other protective equipment is strongly recommended.

  • INSPECT & MAINTAIN YOUR EQUIPMENT. Know your components and their operations prior to riding. Inspect your bike or have it checked by a qualified bike mechanic before you ride.

  • INSPECT THE TRAILS AND FEATURES. Conditions change constantly; plan and adjust your riding accordingly.

  • OBEY SIGNS AND WARNINGS. Stay on marked trails only. Keep off closed trails and features. Ride in direction indicated.

  • BE VISIBLE. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, feature, landing, or are not visible.

  • LOOK OUT FOR OTHERS. Look both ways and yield when entering or crossing a road or trail. When overtaking, use caution and yield to those ahead. Look uphill and yield to other riders when entering a trail or starting downhill.

Assumption of Risk

Mountain biking activities at this Park can be INHERENTLY DANGEROUS, which cause SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH, including uneven and/or slippery trail and feature conditions, varying slopes and terrain, bumps, stumps, trees, roots, forest growth, cliffs, rock and rock drops, loose gravel and dirt, wet surfaces, holes and potholes, downed timber, debris, depressions, other bikes, dirt and wood features and other constructed features, shuttle loading and unloading, padded and non-padded barriers, all terrain vehicles, motor vehicles, paved surfaces, collisions with vehicles, riders, pedestrians, objects and heavy equipment, and mechanical or other failure of rental or personal equipment, and participants ASSUMES ALL RISKS. You agree to use all facilities safely, will read and follow all signage, will control speed, and will ABIDE BY YOUR MOUNTAIN BIKE RESPONSIBILITY CODE.

Shepherd Mountain Bike Park Rules

  1. Helmets are mandatory for all users and other protective equipment is strongly recommended.

  2. All users age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian at all times while utilizing the bike park.

  3. All ticket holders for the shuttles are required to complete the release of liability form. Any person under the age of 18 must have a parent/legal guardian present to sign a mountain bike release of liability form.

  4. Full suspension mountain bikes are recommended.

  5. For your safety and preservation of the trails, take note and abide by closed areas, hazard markings and signage. Ride only on designated trails that are open.

  6. Uphill riding is only allowed on the designated uphill trails.

  7. There are associated risks to your bike and yourself when using the shuttles and bike trails. SMBP is not responsible for injury or damage. You assume ALL the risk.

  8. Always use caution and dismount during times of heavy traffic.

  9. ATV’s, trucks, heavy machinery, and maintenance personnel may be encountered at any time. Use caution.

  10. The shuttles and bike park may close at any time for inclement weather. Seek shelter during lightening storms and other bad weather.

Ride within your limits!

It is highly recommended that riders thoroughly check out the difficulty of a trail before taking off full speed down the mountain. People should not exceed their skill levels on these trails and risk getting injured.  

​SO PLEASE DO NOT EXCEED YOUR CAPABILITIES. 

For more information of what gear and preparation should be considered CLICK HERE!

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