Being aware of proper trail etiquette can make or break yours or someone else’s riding experience. Although trail etiquette is synonymous with common courtesy it isn’t always common sense among the masses. With more ATVers across PEI, knowing the ins and outs of what good trail etiquette looks like is super important for maintaining a positive atmosphere and image of ATV riders on the trails.
- Always yield the right-of-way to non-ATV trail users who are approaching or passing (walkers, horseback riders etc).
- Do not trespass on private property or trails designated for other non-ATV activities.
- Keep your speed and engine rpms low and steady when approaching other riders, homes, etc.
- Respect and comply with all law enforcement personnel at all times – they’re there to help make sure the Federation and local clubs can stay active!
- Avoid riding after heavy rains to show respect to landowners and maintain sustainability of the trails.
- Ride on designated trails. Do not utilize CLOSED trails ‘If you don’t know, don’t go!’
- Avoid sensitive and restricted areas at all times, especially wetlands, lake shores, steep stream banks, beaches, sand dunes and hills.
- Avoid running over young trees and shrubs – protect the environment at all costs.
- Park and dismount from your ATV to walk to sensitive, scenic, historic and cultural areas.
- Enjoy wildlife viewing opportunities but avoid stressing any species, particularly during the rearing stages.
- Respect the environment: What you pack in, pack out – do not litter!
- Avoid sudden stops and starts and quick directional changes with acceleration.
- Cross at designated crossings and utilize bridges when available.
- Adjust riding behaviour according to season and location.
- Do not cut switchbacks or take shortcuts.
When leading a large group and approaching other riders:
- Stop and indicate the number of riders in the group so they are aware.
- The last few riders should hold up fingers showing the number of riders remaining.
- The last rider should hold up a fist showing they are the last rider in the group.
Comply with all applicable provincial legislation and municipal bylaws.
Take a rider safety course and always ride within your abilities.
Think safe Ride safe Be safe