We all want to do the right thing, hopefully, and within any community there’s an unwritten code of conduct for proper behavior so we can all get along. On this episode, we cover some of those rules of bicycle touring etiquette!
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The Journal: Bicycle Touring Etiquette
- Watch your spacing
- For shared campsites, saying hello and asking if it’s cool to camp there
- Assess your neighbor’s desire to chat and respect it
- Don’t brag about your exploits – it’s a bad look
- Be open with information that can help others, but don’t force opinions and suggestions on people
- Share stuff if you have extra
- Respect quiet hours
- Respect late sleepers as you take off
Leave no trace
- Think ahead – reduce the amount of packaging and garbage before you roll
- Always have a garbage bag – doesn’t matter what it is
- Pack all garbage out and even take some that’s not yours
- If there are no bathroom facilities learn backcountry techniques (cat hole, etc.) and please respect water bodies.
Speed + Passing
- Some trails have a speed limit – respect that, particularly in more crowded areas
- Many trails and some laws require bells for passing – know before you go
- Use bells or call “on your left” boldly but (please!) in a friendly way
- Do it every time even if you’re frustrated that the runners are wearing headphones and don’t hear you!
- It’s so easy to get frustrated, but remember we’re sharing the trails with others
- Avoid lecturing other trail users, especially if you’re a visitor
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