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Old 04-17-05, 06:49 PM   #1
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Who gets the right of way?

If I am mountain biking on a single track, who gets the right of way? The person going uphill or downhill?
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Old 04-17-05, 06:55 PM   #2
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If I am mountain biking on a single track, who gets the right of way? The person going uphill or downhill?
Normaly the person comming uphill gets the right of way including hikers and horses I think
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Depends upon where you live as the local laws supercede any guidelines.

Where I'm at, park rangers are allowed to issue citations for reckless mtb'ing. Horses and pedestrians have the right of way over all bikes. Uphill has right of way over downhill.
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I have never heard of either party having right of way. But I'd say that I would prefer to have right of way coming down. Coming down the speeds are higher and it could be catastrophic to move off the trail at speed. Heading up the hill the speeds are so slow that it takes no effort at all to move onto the edge of a trail.

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IMBA says that bikes yield to everyone else (horses and peds). When it's a bike coming to a bike uphill has the right of way. The reasoning behind this is that it is harder to get going again on a climb than on a downhill. On a multi-use and multi-directional trail you shouldn't be going fast enough for it to be a problem to slow or stop to let someone going uphill by.
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As a mountain biker I would prefer right of way for coming up hill. Also If going down hill, no one gave right of way, speeds would be much higher. When i'm climibing up a hill, I get a pace going and depengin on the gradient, if you stop, it is extreemly difficult to get back going!
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Giving the right-of-way to the ascending party would be consistent with the California Vehicle Code. The law is written this way on the premise that it is safer to back UP a curvy mountain road than to back down.
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Good answers. Uphill gets the right of way.

However, when backpacking or hiking, I yield to bikes on the trail, even though IMBA says otherwise. It's easy for me to just step off the trail, so I'm not a jerk about it...and everyone is happy.

But if I'm walking on the sidewalk, I won't yield to bikes on the sidewalk!
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I have never heard of either party having right of way. But I'd say that I would prefer to have right of way coming down. Coming down the speeds are higher and it could be catastrophic to move off the trail at speed. Heading up the hill the speeds are so slow that it takes no effort at all to move onto the edge of a trail.

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Maybe you would prefer.... but that's because you are going to fast for a public trail. Up hill has the right of way.
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I usually give everyone else the right of way regardless of circumstance. I'm saving up karma for my triumphant downhill sprint down the local multi-use trail with no regard for anyone elses safety. I figure that if I save up for a while, I'll make the sprint with no troubles.

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Here's a tidbit. I was taught while driving that if there is only enough room for one vehicle to go through an area on a hill the person coming down hill should yield the right of way to the person coming up hill. Reason being is it is safer for the person going down hill to back up hill than it is for the person going up hill to back down hill. Same rule of thumb should apply in this situation just in case. I wouldn't want to be on my bike and have to attempt to back down the hill a bit to assure safety. Harder to control the bike.
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