Metro Parks Outdoor Adventure
Biking is in full swing in summer and Metro Parks has something for all types of riders! Did you know your Metro Parks offer a total of 75 miles of trails across 14 parks? Whether you are tackling the Quarry Trails mountain biking course or enjoying a leisurely ride along the Heritage Trail, it is important to gear up for safety and to ride smart!
Here are some guidelines that can provide you and other guests with a safe and fun experience:
- • Always wear a helmet when riding your bike. Helmets are the best way to protect yourself from a head injury while riding a bike. Make sure your helmet fits appropriately and meets all current safety standards.
• When it comes to dressing for biking safety, just remember: brighter is better! Wearing bright or fluorescent clothing can increase your visibility during the day. When riding at night, be sure to wear clothing with reflective fabric, particularly on your feet and legs. Never ride at night without forward and rear lights on your bike. Remember that reflective clothing is not an acceptable substitute for bike lights. Avoid wearing loose clothing and double check that you do not have any loose straps or accessories. Anything loose can become stuck in your bike’s wheels or other mechanisms and cause an accident.
• Ride smart! Higher speeds equal higher risk. Remember to always keep a hand on the handle bars and do not ride hands-free. Make sure to always ride one rider per bike. Finally, never ride distracted. Using a phone, music player, or similar device can distract you or dull your senses and increase the likeliness of an accident.
Do you want to try biking for the first time or meet fellow biking enthusiasts? Be sure to check out metroparks.net for a list of free biking programs and opportunities. See you on the trails!