Riding Etiquette & Expectations

What you need to ride


  • Have a valid membership in the OFTR.

  • Know where you are riding, stay on designated trails only

  • Ride in control and observe a 50 kph speed limit

  • Respect, and expect, other trail users including horseback riders, hikers and mountain bike riders

Code of Conduct

        Comply with all legislation, by-laws and insurance requirements

  • Ride on existing trails only and do not trespass on private property

  • Respect nature

  • Expect and respect other users, they have a right to use the trails

  • Respect the work of volunteers who develop and maintain your trails including the volunteers of other user groups

  • When you see a horse: stop, turn off your engine, remove your helmet and wait for instructions

  • Practice All the Gear all the Time: Always wear a helmet and other safety gear

  • Pack in and pack out to leave the place better than your found it

  • Use trails according to permitted uses. Some trails are seasonal, be sure to check trail conditions.

  • Rider sober with no use of drugs or alcohol before or during your ride

  • Keep your motorcycle quiet with a maximum of 94 decibels.

Why does the OFTR need a code of conduct?

OFTR and Member Clubs have land access agreements with municipalities and private landowners. We all need to ride appropriately and respect neighbours and other users to ensure continued access to our amazing trail network across the province for today and future generations.


  • If you ride without a trail pass you are trespassing.

  • Trails are patrolled by the police and by-law enforcement officers – if you are doing something illegal, you will be charged.

  • Ride legal and encourage those you ride with to do the same.


Off road motorcycles have the distinction of being the fastest most nimble creature in the forest. As such we have to be very careful not to intrude on the enjoyment or the path of other forest users. It is also important not to conflict with other off road motorcycles.

It is very rare in the public domain to run into one way trails. Therefore when riding, you must always be aware of oncoming traffic, motorized or not. It is the lead riders responsibility to constantly survey his surroundings for oncoming users. It is important on double track to stay far to the right when cresting a hill. Always error on the side of caution. When passing another group it is a good practice to hold up a number of fingers to indicate the size of the riding party. Obviously if the group is bigger that 5 you will have to improvise.

In the event you come across people on horse back, signal you are stopping to fellow riders and pull to the side and stop. Turn off all bikes, remove your helmets if necessary and give the right of way to the equestrians. Always let them make the call.

The rule of thumb is that there is no real speed limit on single track as trees and gravity will triumph over blind stupidity. However fire roads and road allowances do have speed limits that are 50 kmh unless otherwise posted.

Ride quietly. OK so you passed sound test but you have to remember each motorcycle is equipped with a volume control. Yes its called a throttle and if you wind it to the pin in populated areas you are guilty of noise pollution.

Tread lightly. This can mean observing seasonal closures, staying off the trails in muddy season or just after a big rain. It can mean not digging a trench when climbing a hill or when stuck on a root. Big brake slides and roosting out of corners is another example. Tread lightly and do your best to maintain the integrity of the trails.

Invasive species is a huge concern for forest managers. Did you know these plants or animal could hitch a ride from forest to forest via your motorcycle? What's a rider to do? Wash your bike after every ride to remove this threat. If you get dog strangling vine on the edge of your driveway it is a lot easier to deal with than in the forest.

Give a hoot, don't pollute. Great old saying. It applies to littering and it can apply to how you dispose of old motor oil and chemicals. Use proper environmental practice to dispose of waste materials.