Please respect the fire warnings that are issued. They are for your own safety.Daily updates can be obtained from the Lions River Fire Protection Office on 033 330 6369 or 073 704 5862 . Take the time to understand the Fire Danger Index. If they inform you that it is a High Fire Risk Day, accessing the trails is strictly prohibited. If the forests are closed you WILL be removed from the area and may be barred from returning. The NO HEMLET, NO RIDE rule applies to all trails at all times. Rider indemnities are compulsory at all times and trail fees apply
Rules of the Trail
IMBA (International Mountain Biking Association) developed the "Rules of the Trail" to promote responsible and courteous conduct on shared-use trails. At the HMBC, we have chosen to adopt and adapt these rules to safeguard and further our access relationships with all land owner and managers.
NO HELMET – NO RIDE NO RESPECT – NO TRAILS TO RIDE
1. Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures — ask the local club/ trail custodian for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land.
2. Respect Access requirements: Obtain necessary day and annual indemnities as required.
3. Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. Stay on existing trails and do not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks.
4. Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Understand and obey all bicycle signage and recommendations, and ride within your limits.
5. Yield Appropriately: Let your fellow trail users know you're coming —friendly greeting, a polite shout “yebo!”, or bell ring are good methods. Anticipate other trail users as you ride corners and hidden trail-lines. Cyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Cyclists travelling downhill should yield to ones heading uphill. Make each overtaking pass, safe and courteous. Keep in mind that conventions for yielding and passing may vary in different locations, or with traffic conditions.
6. Never Scare Animals: Animals are startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. Disturbing wildlife and livestock is not acceptable. Stop to let horseback riders pass.
7. Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding, prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and plan for changes in weather or other conditions.
8. Take note of emergency phone numbers: Emergency phone numbers are available at all cycle access boards and hubs. Enter these onto your cellphone for easy accessibility.
9. Adhere to FDI (fire) warnings: During the months of June – Sept be aware of the danger of fire. If you encounter unattended/unmanaged or unusual fires, contact the Lions River Fire Protection Association on 033 330 6369. (enter this number into your cellphone) and exit the plantations as quickly as possible.
10. Do not smoke whilst in the plantations: Smoking whilst on the HMBC trails is strictly prohibited.
11. Avoid operational areas and activities: Cyclists are at no time to be within 1km from any situation that may appear to be operational i.e. harvesting activity or from operational vehicles or areas indicated as operational.
The MTB's adherence to these trail rules goes a long way to assisting in continued land access relations with SAPPI, Mondi, Ezemvelo, Wessa and other private landowners. It is up to us to behave responsibly!