From the Chairman's Desk

Safety Briefing 2016

Hi

With more and more traffic on our Trails, Baakens Valley, Norm Hudlin and PEGC there are more and more accidents happening. With 450+ members, a trail network close to 50 km and the nature of the sport, accidents happen. Mountain Biking is a high risk sport! A sport we all participate in at our own risk! Reaching crash victims can be difficult, expensive and time consuming, so with that in mind there are some points which you may want to ponder when assessing the risk of your next ride.

  • Plan your ride

    Who will pick up the pieces? Do you ride on your own? Do you have an id such as ICE (In Case Of Emergency) on your phone? Does anyone know which route you are riding and what time to expect you back? These questions NEED to be thought through and answered BEFORE you set off on your ride.

  • Pay Attention

    We ask that you READ the indemnities and warning / caution signs posted on our web site and on the Trail. They are there for a reason; TO PROTECT YOU! Report damaged trails, bridges and or obstacles as soon as possible so that repairs can be prioritised and others can be warned.

  • Bridges & Obstacles

    They are probably the biggest cause of serious injuries. While we do our best to ensure that bridges (and obstacles) are safe to ride, going over the side can still happen (especially with less experienced riders) and normally results in more serious injuries. Approach a bridge or obstacle with caution and when in doubt, disembark and walk. You ride these bridges and obstacles at your own risk.

  • Strava Chasing

    It is difficult to gauge how many crashes are as result of this but riders definitely take more risks when racing the clock. Please be mindful of others who are not racing, Strava does not give you right of way or the right to be discourteous to other trail users.

  • Public Access and Two-way traffic

    Our trails have multi users, especially but not exclusively, in the Baakens. With trail runners, dog walkers and Bird watchers we must respect that we all share these areas and trails. Access to these areas and trails is a privilege and not a right! Going down Baakens Downhill in a lekke strong Westerly is inviting BUT it is two-way traffic with lots of users out there on the trails.

  • Ride within your ability

    Overestimating your skill set, or that of friends you take on the trails with you, is dangerous. Know your limits and if you want to stretch your limits, do so responsibly and ask for advice from more experienced riders.

  • Respect the land

    Many land owners don't understand us, they walk the dog or take a jog and wonder when we're going to grow up. There are also those of us who don’t stick to the route markers. This causes many problems, especially on privately owned land. This is a very large problem within the MTB fraternity and exists where ever there are trails. Please respect the land owners, their land and the trails. Stick to the marked routes!

  • Safety first

    Your safety is your responsibility! Be aware of the risks and manage them suitably and please don't think you're invincible. Check your bike and equipment and ensure that it is in proper working condition, especially if you are planning to hit the XCO downhills or any of the Bridges and Obstacles. Something as simple as a loose headset could mean a visit to the hospital.

We need you alive and well and riding your bike otherwise all our work is in vain!

See you in the Bush!!

Johan

Membership and or the casual riding on any of the Fattracks trails is subject to your agreement to (1) The Fattracks Indemnity and Disclaimer and (2) the Fattracks Code of Conduct & Trail Etiquette as follows

FATTRACKS INDEMNITY AND DISCLAIMER

All members agree to and hereby bind themselves to the following indemnity:

Definitions:

  • ‘Premises’ means; Trails, Facilities, User Areas (both natural and Man Made).
  • ‘Member’ means; Rider, User, Minor Children of the Member and Invitees.
  1. The member undertakes and agrees to ride all trails and use all areas entirely at his or her own risk, both in respect of personal injury and damage to and incidental to Assets.
  2. The member hereby waives and shall have no claim whatsoever against Fattracks, any landowners, any individual organiser or contractor, official, assistant, helper, representative or agent, the sponsors, any local authority or their employees, hereinafter referred to as parties, in respect of any injury, loss or damage that the member may suffer arising from any injury to the person or damage to property of the member, caused directly or indirectly by the negligence, albeit gross or otherwise, of one or more of the afore-mentioned parties.
  3. The member undertakes not to hold any of the parties liable if he or she or any dependant or his or her estate suffer loss or damage which was caused directly or indirectly from participation on the premises, including, but without limiting the generality of the afore-going, any loss or damage due to physical injury or death or the physical injury or death of another person, or due to patrimonial loss or damage, and in which ever manner the damage or loss was caused, including negligence or otherwise of the parties.
  4. The member indemnifies the parties against all liability the above mentioned loss or damages and confirms that this acceptance of risk, undertaking and indemnity is also binding on his or her estate.
  5. The member accepts that, without limiting the generality of the afore-going, the parties and the owners or managers of the venue shall accept no responsibility or liability for any injury, howsoever caused, to any person while on the premises or while utilizing the facilities thereon, as well as in respect of any patrimonial loss or damage, howsoever caused, suffered by any person while on the premises or while utilizing the facilities thereon.
  6. Should the member be a minor, the parent, guardian or adult supervisor of the minor confirms that the minor is riding the trails and using all areas at his or her own risk and indemnifies the parties against claims by or on behalf of such minor and hereby indemnifies the parties in respect of any injury, loss or damage as referred to above.
  7. The member, or in the case of minor, the parent or guardian, confirms that he or she has read and understands the effort of this indemnity.
  8. All or any of the parties may accept the benefits which accrue to them in terms of this indemnity at any time after it has been agreed to by the participant, which agreement shall be given automatically by way of membership or participation on the premises.
  9. The member hereby undertakes to use his or her best endeavours to bring this disclaimer to the attention of all of his or her invitees and all other users as far as reasonably possible.

I agree to abide by the Fattracks Constitution as displayed on the Fattracks Website under ‘About Fattracks’ and more specifically the Rules about membership in Par 4 of the Constitution.

CODE OF CONDUCT AND TRAIL ETIQUETTE
Fattracks Members and Other Participants (Baakens Valley, PEGC, Norm Hudlin and other Fattracks Trials)

  1. Access to the Trails is from sunrise to sunset only (special permission needed otherwise)
  2. Behave in such a way as to leave the terrain/property the way it was found
  3. Respect private property and obey instructions from owners or employees at all times
  4. Obey all property owners, including their notice boards and symbol signs
  5. Ride only in approved areas, routes and tracks and abide by all restrictions imposed.
  6. Do not damage, remove or interfere with any beacon, boundary marker, fence, notice board or other structures
  7. Do not leave any litter, refuse or empty containers anywhere on rides
  8. No smoking on rides and do not dispose of any tobacco products
  9. Do not light fires under any circumstances
  10. Do not interfere with wildlife, remove or deface vegetation, carve or scratch trees or rocks
  11. Do not feed or hunt animals
  12. Respect and be polite to other users of the trail netowrk; golfers, walkers, runners, bikers etc
  13. As a Fattracks member, at all-times, display the Fattracks Bike board on your handlebars
  14. Be the “eyes & ears” of the Land owners, Fattracks Committee, PEGC and Norm Hudlin.
  15. Any observations of property damage, unauthorized activity or garbage dumping on Fattracks Trails should be reported to the Fattracks Committee immediately.
  16. Understand that any violation of this code of conduct could result in suspension and/or cancellation of all trail privileges including membership to the club.
  17. The Fattracks club and committee reserve the right to change the Code of Conduct and Trail Etiquette at any time. It is the members responsibility to ensure that they check the website from time to time to keep themselves updated.

DON’T RIDE ALONE!   NO HELMET, NO RIDE!   NO BIKE BOARD, NO FREE RIDE!

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