Many of our trails are multi-use trails. That means you are likely to see hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. If we want to preserve our access to the great outdoors, we must have good relations with other trail users and the landowners. Please, respect the rights of others to enjoy these open spaces.
It is very important that ATV riders of all varieties respect other trail users – especially the horses and riders. The best way to do this if you meet them on the trail is simply to:
- a) stop your machine,
- b) turn it off,
- c) take off your helmet, and
- d) wait for them to reach you, or wait for them to motion you by.
Most will be happy to chat for a minute, and you may make some new friends by offering this courtesy.
Please keep in mind – the ATV is not a baby sitter. If you allow your underage child to venture off on their own with an ATV, it is literally just like allowing them to go play in the road!
Allowing children under 16 to venture off of their own land alone on an ATV is not legal. It is also the law that all riders under 18 must wear a helmet. The most serious accidents in this age group typically occur when these youths are not supervised by a parent or guardian.
The LRATV club hasCertified ATV Safety Instructors in our membership. We try to offer at least two safety courses every year. Please check our events calendar for upcoming dates. If you need something sooner, you can check at www.maine.gov for other ATV safety courses being offered.