When encountering horses during a ride, be sure to stop your bike and ask the equestrian about the best way to pass. It is safest to dismount your bike and stay on the downhill slope of the trail as the horse passes. Read more about responsible approaches to sharing the trails with horses here. Photo by Scott Markewitz.
Code of Conduct
Spirit of Howdy teaches student-athletes the core values of respect, empathy and compassion.
- Respect: NICA student-athletes learn to respect other trail users and the natural surfaces upon which they ride.
- Empathy: NICA student-athletes learn that fast moving bicycles may be seen as dangerous by those that don’t ride.
- Compassion: NICA student-athletes learn to have compassion for other trail users and their desire to have an enjoyable trail experience.
Below are the 13 NICA Codes of Conduct. To read the full document click here (PDF).
- Ride Predictably
- Wear a Helmet at All Times
- Always Yield
- Pass with Care
- Stay on Trails
- Ride Only on Authorized Trails
- Control Your Speed
- Don’t Be a Show Off
- Respect Wildlife and Livestock
- Do Not Litter
- Be Prepared
- Plan Ahead
- Minimize Impacts