WMMBA Trail Guidelines To Fight COVID-19

West Michigan is facing a rising number of COVID-19 cases. We want to relay the health and safety guidelines set in place by the CDC and leading cycling advocacy groups, including the League of Michigan Bicyclists and the Michigan Mountain Biking Association. These best practices are designed to carry social distancing efforts into the woods; we aren’t superheroes, and this dangerous illness can spread anywhere. Take a moment to read these recommendations and then take another second to pass it along to your club, your riding buddies, or anyone you know who loves using the trails. 

  • Use the trail individually or with people that share the same household during the state of Michigan Shelter in Place executive order period. No group rides! 
  • Be very aware of other trail users and pass safely with at least a 6’ gap. Stay alert. Slow down. Communicate. Yield to offer space to pass.
  • Dogs ALWAYS must be leashed per Michigan Compiled Law 287.262. Unleashed dogs can lead to unnecessary contact with trail users.
  • Limit all volunteer trail work to individual work or small groups from the same household.
  • Park away from other cars in the parking lot. If the lot is full, there are likely too many people on the trail for safe usage. Leave and choose a different location if possible.
  • Ride cautiously. Now is not the time for sweet jumps and massive air. This is to help minimize the strain on healthcare facilities and to reduce additional exposure.
  • Respect and anticipate closures of bathrooms or other facilities. Bathrooms and vault toilets will be closed!
  • Don’t touch trail maps, markers, or other infrastructure.
  • Long-distance travel is prohibited unless deemed essential.
  • Depending on a number of circumstances, the best choice during this difficult time is to forego trail usage entirely in order to protect yourself and our communities. You can be potentially exposed by engaging in trail usage where there is a risk of contact with others.
  • Check with state and local governments, and local land managers with respect to stay-at-home orders and facility closures. Follow all local recommendations!
  • Per the March 27th Michigan DNR news release, anyone not following the social distancing mandate may be subject to misdemeanor violation/arrest penalties, including up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine up to $500.