Tips and recommendations about cycling and mountain biking

The 6 DIMB (German Initiative Mountain Bike e.V.) to live together respectfully:

1. Only ride on paths!

Don't leave the paths, otherwise you'll destroy nature! Respect local path closures. Forestry commission work, moving cattle and nature protection make these necessary. Even in local recreation areas local closures may be necessary. The way and manner you ride often affects how the public authorities and organisations act. On private land you're often only tolerated.

2. Don't leave any tracks!

Don't brake by skidding (except in emergencies). Skidding helps soil erosion and destroys the paths. Adjust your speed according to the terrain and trail's condition. Not every path can cope with every braking manoeuvre and every style of riding.

3. Keep your mountain bike under control!

Not paying attention, even only for a few seconds, can cause an accident. Adjust your speed to the respective situation. For passages where you haven't got full view, pedestrians, other bikers or obstacles can suddenly appear. You must be able to stop within sight. For your own safety and that of others.

4. Respect other nature lovers!

Let others know in good time that you are about to ride past. Don't startle any other users! Reduce your speed down to walking speed when you pass by or stop. Consider that other users may only realise you are there too late. Ride, if possible, only in small groups!

5. Be considerate towards animals!

Grazing animals and other animals in the forests and meadows especially need to be taken into consideration. Close cattle fences, after you have gone through. Leave the forest before dusk to avoid disturbing the animals during their feeding time.

6. Plan in advance

Begin, if possible, your tour directly from your door. Check your equipment, evaluate your skills properly and select the area where you want to cycle accordingly. Bad weather or a technical defect can make your tour considerably longer. Also be prepared for unplanned situations, think about tools, food and first-aid kit. Wear protective clothing. A helmet can protect you but it can't save your life.