Things to be aware of for safety out hiking or even in town

Walkers get to go lots of places and because they are going relatively slow, they spend more time in places and are often more aware of problems. This is a page in development.

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Help, emergencies


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Ethics, respect

After the two recent motorized vehicle task forces and their emphasis on education and codes of ethics as a way of resolving conflicts, I keep looking, unsuccessfully, for a code of ethics on local vehicle club sites. Hopefully it doesn't take a bad accident before trail safety, trail ethics becomes a topic of discussion.

September 24, 2013. Under the not too smart heading.... Mountain bikers have reported that there were incidents where people are placing obstacles on the trail, and if all trail users (runners, walkers, bikers) work together to keep the trail safe, we can avoid unnecessary injuries. "We hit it at the end of a ride with the darkness setting in. Luckily it was light enough to see the first log before anyone went flying. "


We were on the ski club trails the other days and almost had heart attacks as a bike suddenly appeared behind us. Bikers, if you hear people ahead, a little 'ding" on your bell or a hello would help the situation.

When we walked on the Grey Mountain trails a couple of weeks ago, at times we'd be going up a blind hill and I wondered what move I'd get to make if a bike was suddenly to appear heading fast downhill. It seems that some of the trails need some warning signage.

Here's a video of mountain biking on city trails. Obviously one can meet a bike coming at high speed on trails, particularly on Grey Mountain and Mt. McIntyre.

After reading When the bad guys ride bikes, I went to look at local bike sites to see what was happening on trails here and found Contagious Mountain Bike Club. "And, most importantly, Be an ambassador for the sport – stay polite, educate other bikers, discourage bad behavior, follow the rules, and we'll all have a good time this winter."

Wild Whitehorse – Mountain Bike Trails shows the focus on calling our trails mountain bike trails and talk of "swooping along high cliffs and bluffs, cutting across hillsides, climbing to lofty viewpoints and then bombing back down." There's never, that I've seen, any reminder of meeting walkers possibly walking up the trail they're bombing down.

Here's another Recreational pathways: A false sense of security

And another idea: slow walkers; we were walking on the ski trails the other afternoon and a couple of people had a bear bell style bell on their bikes and they constantly jingled. Worked very nicely I have to say.

Motorized vehicles on trails

Groups involved:

City of Whitehorse


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