Conditions of Use & Trail Etiquette

Bike Park

GENERAL WARNING & EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY

Sporting activities at Stromlo Forest Park maybe dangerous and may result in injury or death to the person &/or property loss or damage. Users participating and spectators viewing these activities do so at their own risk.

To the extent permitted by law, the Australian Capital Territory excludes all liability, including but not limited to liability for personal injury, death, property damage, property loss, and consequential loss or damage of any kind arising from the use of &/or entry to Stromlo Forest Park, whether in contract, by negligent act or omission, or any other tortious action.

In emergency ring: 000

Venue management: (02) 6256 6700

 WHAT TO DO IF YOU ENCOUNTER A HORSE:

  • Cyclists should yield to horses by stopping and asking permission of the horse rider to pass.
  • Cyclists must allow horse riders time to position their horses for safety.
  • Cyclists should not ring bells as they may startle a horse – voice contact is preferable. A frightened horse is a danger to you, the horse rider and other park users.
  • It is advisable not to pass within a metre of a horse as they may kick if startled and have considerable reach

 DOWNHILL (DH)

Downhill mountain biking is a hazardous sport; all users must wear a helmet (Australian Standard Certified) at all times. It is recommended that downhill users use a full face helmet and neck brace as well as appropriate riding equipment including; gloves, enclosed footwear, goggles, kneepads, shin guards, elbow pads and covered clothing and a  ride a suitable, well maintained bike.

  • MTB’s are not permitted on designated equestrian trails (marked by orange posts). Horses are not permitted on MTB trails. Exercise caution where these trails intersect.
  • Observe and follow all signage placed on the trail at all times.
  • Downhill trail trails are one-way only.
  • Maintain an appropriate distance between riders.
  • Slower riders should pull over where safe to let faster riders pass.
  • Don’t take shortcuts; ride only on the trail provided.
  • Ride within your ability – use the provided alternative lines to navigate difficult sections.
  • Trail use may be restricted for safety reasons at various times or for special events.
  • Pedestrians must stay off the trail at all times and cross with extreme care.
  • Organisers of a planned event may change user procedures at their discretion and must advise all users of these changes prior to their participation.
  • Avoid walking up the trail or crossing the trail where possible.

CROSS COUNTRY (XC)

Trials

  • Use the Trials area within your ability.
  • All users must wear a certified helmet (Australian Standard Certified) at all times.
  • Use appropriate riding equipment including: gloves, enclosed footwear and covered clothing.
  • Leave an appropriate distance between yourself and other riders.
  • Significant obstacles are present in the Trials area, please observe and navigate appropriately.
  • Use may be restricted for safety reasons at various times or for special events.
  • Spectators must remain at a safe distance from the Trails area at all times.

MOUNTAIN BIKE

Trails

  • Obey all signage at Stromlo Forest Park.
  • Courtesy is the best safety on the trail. Remember that your behaviour is a reflection on the MTB community as a whole.
  • Other trail users may not be familiar with the MTB trails. Talk to them about their use, directions and safety.
  • Know the local trail rules. Minimise your impact by staying on the MTB trails.
  • Stromlo Forest Park has designated Mountain Bike (MTB) and equestrian trails. Cyclists are not permitted to use designated equestrian trails. Equestrians are not permitted to use designated MTB trails. Other fire trails are open to both equestrians and cyclists.
  • Equestrians have the right of way over other users on all trails. This is an international standard. Walkers have next priority and then cyclists.
  • Cyclists should yield to horses by stopping and asking permission of the horse rider to pass.
  • Cyclists must allow horse riders time to position their horses for safety.
  • Cyclists should not ring bells as they may startle a horse – voice contact is preferable. A frightened horse is a danger to you, the horse rider and other park users.
  • It is advisable not to pass within a metre of a horse as they may kick if startled and have considerable reach.
  • Pass other trail users with care and travel in single file on busy trails.
  • Slow down at intersections where you are likely to meet MTB and equestrian trail intersections and watch for other users.
  • Ride your MTB at a controlled speed, especially approaching blind corners.
  • Keep to the right when passing other users.
  • Carry a mobile phone, especially if you are riding on your own. Know who to call in an emergency, either 000 or a friend or park management.
  • Report problems with trail conditions to the SFP management on 02 6256 6700.

Equestrian Trails

Stromlo Forest Park is a shared public facility with designated trails for bike riders, runners, walkers and equestrians. Trails are clearly marked and colour coded and there are specific rules for their use.

The following conditions of use apply to the Equestrian trails at all times:

  • Observe and follow all signage on the trails.
  • Always wear an Australian Standard Certified helmet.
  • Don’t take shortcuts; ride only on paths provided.
  • Cyclists are not permitted to use designated equestrian trails. Equestrians are not permitted to use designated MTB trails. Other fire trails are open to both equestrians and cyclists.
  • Share the trail with other permitted users. Equestrians have the right of way over all other users. This is an international standard. Walkers have next priority and then cyclists.
  • Remember that your behaviour is a reflection on the horse community as a whole.
  • Travel in single file on busy trails and pass other trail users on the right with care.
  • Politely encourage cyclists and runners to slow down or stop before passing or overtaking and thank them for doing so.
  • Yield to faster horse riders.
  • Ride your horse at a controlled speed and watch for cyclists, especially approaching blind corners or intersections where you are likely to meet MTB trails.
  • Tie a red ribbon to the tail of any horse that may kick.
  • Other trail users may not be familiar with horses and their reactions. Talk to them wherever possible.
  • Plan your ride; know the distance and approximate ride time of the trail you intend to ride.
  • Carry appropriate food and water.
  • When parking your float leave room for others to park and unload safely.
  • Do not clean out your horse float in the car parks.
  • Trail use may be restricted for safety reasons at various times or for special events.
  • Organisers of a planned event may change user procedures at their discretion and must advise all users of these changes prior to their participation.
  • Carry a mobile phone, especially if you are riding on your own. Know who to call in an emergency, either 000 or a friend or park management.
  • Report problems with trail conditions to the Stromlo Forest Park management on 02 6256 6700

Cross Country Running

This Cross Country Running Track is a dedicated running circuit designed for competition, training and recreation. To assist all users, please follow the Conditions of Use and adhere to any other instructions from Stromlo Forest Park Management.

  • Always run in a clockwise direction, unless otherwise directed.
  • Organisers of a planned event may change this procedure at their discretion and must advise all users prior to their participation.
  • To minimise wear on the grass, run on the outside of the circuit (especially on corners) when possible.
  • Vehicles are NOT permitted on the circuit (Maintenance vehicles excepted).
  • Bikes or wheeled equipment are NOT permitted on the circuit.
  • Dogs are NOT permitted on the circuit.
  • Circuit use may be restricted for safety reasons at various times for special events.
  • Spectators must stay off the circuit at all times and only cross with extreme care.
  • Ball sports, including golf, are NOT permitted on the circuit.
  • Be conscious and considerate to faster runners.
  • Slower runners and walkers should not run or walk in large groups and should be careful not to obstruct faster runners.
  • People using this facility do so at their own risk.
  • The circuit will be closed at times for maintenance purposes.

WET CONDITIONS

  • To avoid damage to the grass, the circuit is NOT open when it is wet.
  • Venue management may close the circuit due to poor weather conditions.

CIRCUIT DISTANCES

  • Short circuit – 1,000 metres
  • Hill loop – 500 metres
  • Creek loop – 1,000 metres
  • Full circuit –    2,500 metres

Criterium Circuit

The following Conditions of Use apply to Criterium Cycling Circuit:

  • Ride in a clockwise direction.
  • Slower riders keep to the left.
  • Organisers of a planned event may change this procedure at their discretion and must advise all users prior to their participation.
  • Avoid sudden braking or direction changes.
  • All wheeled users are to wear a helmet.
  • Lights must be used before sunrise and after sunset.
  • Ride within your limits and be considerate to all users.
  • People using this facility do so at their own risk.
  • Circuit use may be restricted for safety reasons at various times for special events.

Recreational

Read and be aware of the conditions of use for the various sections of the park.

  • Keep the BBQ and picnic area clean. Leave it as you found it.
  • ALL rubbish must be taken with you when you leave.
  • All pets need to be kept on a lead and under control when around horses.
  • This is a non-motorised activities park (this includes remote control cars and aeroplanes)
  • Pets are only allowed to be walked on the fire trails of the park. Refer to park map for trail.
  • Children should not be left unattended and must be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • When crossing trials be aware of bikes travelling at high speeds.
  • All fauna and flora should be left unharmed.
  • Be aware of poisonous snakes. If any are spotted please contact Stromlo Forest Park staff.
  • No open fires are permitted in Stromlo Forest Park.

What to do if you encounter a Horse

  • You may meet horse riders on the fire trails in the Park.
  •  Dogs in the Park should be kept on a leash at all times and under control when around horses.
  •   A frightened horse is a danger to you, the horse rider and other park users. Do not make sudden or extravagant movements around horses you do not know
  • It is advisable to keep a safe distance from horses as they may kick if startled or feel threatened and have considerable reach.
  •  Do not offer to pat or feed a horse without the owner’s permission. Not all horses welcome strangers and some foods are harmful.