To fellow trail users.
To the animals.
To the trails and open space.
To climbing bike traffic.
To pedestrians and equestrians, all the time.
Stay on the trail. Stay in control. Ride only on trails open to mountain biking.
How do you pass hikers on a narrow trail?
SLOW DOWN. Don’t just yell, “On your left!” and barrel on through. Good interactions mean more open trails.
Hikers have the right of way. If they don’t feel safe moving to the side of or off the trail for you, wait it out. Ask if they mind finding a place for you to pass. Most of the time, people are cool.
Get a bell for your bike. If you have one, ring it nicely as a way to get attention.
As a mountain biker, what are you supposed to do when you see a horse on the trail?
Horses have the right of way. Use caution as bikes are less familiar to these beasts than hikers. As you approach an equestrian, slow down and call out a friendly greeting from about 50-75 feet away if possible. Ask how the person on the horse would like you to pass.
When two bikers approach each other, who has the right of way?
Climbing traffic gets the right of way. If you’re bombing down a hill, stop and let the biker who is climbing by.
How to Yield: The Fruita Lean
If you are going to yield, get your wheels as far to the side of the trail as you can and stop. Then put your outside foot down off the trail by a couple inches.
This maneuver gives space for others to pass and keeps singletrack skinny.