• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Bike Safety & Etiquette

Mountain Bike Unit Volunteer patrols the park's trails.

photo: NPS

Whether riding a bicycle as part of a relaxing afternoon or riding a mountain bike to become more physcially fit, riding in a multi-use enviroment requires even a higher level of awareness. Remember, safety starts with the individual!

Reading and following these tips will make sure we keep our parks an enjoyable place to visit.

Safety
• Always wear a helmet.
• Take and drink plenty of water. Carry high-energy snack foods.
• Obey all speed laws.
• Carry first aid supplies. Learn to recognize and avoid poison oak, rattlesnakes, ticks and bees.
• When riding alone, tell someone where you are going. Avoid traveling alone in remote areas.
• Follow posted instructions.


Etiquette
• Stay on designated roads and trails, and do not enter private property. Respect closures.
• Yield the right-of-way to hikers and equestrians. Announce your approach well in advance.
• Stand off to the side as oncoming horses pass, and talk to riders as they go by. Do not attempt to pass equestrians until you have
alerted the riders and asked them for permission.
• Park off the trail, even in remote areas, to keep trail clear for other users or emergency vehicles.

Resource Protection
• Do not cut switchbacks or create new trails.
• Do not disturb wildlife.
• Leave gates as you found them (open or closed) or as signed.
• Avoid muddy trails, avoid skidding, and reduce your speed in corners during turns.
• Pack out what you pack in.

Did You Know?

Charlie Cooke, hereditary Chief of the Chumash played an important role in making sure 85 acres remained open space.

On June 13, 1980, Charlie Cooke, hereditary Chief of the Chumash and concerned citizens fulfilled a dream-- a place for families to explore our natural world and learn about the Chumash. Satwiwa in Newbury Park, CA celebrates the beauty of the mountains and all Native American cultures.