There is a new sort of professional in mountain resorts today – the members of the mountain bike patrol.
They have a multifaceted role which includes alerting track users to safety issues, creating and maintaining tracks and slopestyle tracks, active safety (rescue and evacuation), and passive safety (nets, closing tracks and gangways, and talking with users).
Within the space of a few years MTBing has taken off in France and not only in mountain resorts – to the delight of MTBers.
Bike Patrol Mission:
- Inform users about how to safely use the tracks and alert them to dangers.
- Organise the special MTB recreational areas: opening the tracks, closing dangerous sections, monitoring what people are doing, etc…
- Help create and maintain the MTB areas.
- To intervene in the event of an accident to make the section safe and where necessary to help the public emergency services evacuate any injured people.
At the Les Angles Bike Park:
- Whether you’re an expert or a beginner choose the modules that suit your skills.
- Carefully check the state of your bike - jumping on a faulty bike can be fatal!
- Protect your head and back, you're not out walking. Helmet and back protectors must be worn at all times.
- A Bike Park is just like a ski run or any other waymarked path. There are signs, so follow what they say!
- Make sure you are safe by inspecting the track and modules first and adapting your speed accordingly.
- If the modules are shut don't use them – it's for maintenance or repair.
- Take out insurance so as not to have any nasty shocks in the event of an accident!
- If someone is injured lend them your assistance by calling for help – the emergency phone number is +33 (0)6.73.00.77.53
Charter of the downhill MTBer
1- Adapt your speed to the number of other users and visibility on site, respect other users especially when off-track.
2- When you pass or overtake someone let them know you are there (use your bell), slow down, keep a safe distance, and overtake any hikers at walking pace. Remember – "pedestrians always have right of way ".
3- Certain paths are not open to MTBs. Find out which ones and respect the signs.
4- No user-created sites. Do not create any paths, gangways, or ramps without prior authorisation. This is not your home.
5- Respect the footpaths and the environment. Don't skid around just anywhere. Don't cut corners.
6- Be polite and respectful to other users and to nature. Say "hello" and don't leave any litter behind you.
7- Pavements, stairs, and urban furniture are not for playing on. Get off your bike and walk in pedestrian areas.
8- Follow the highway code.