Mountain Bikers: Stop Invasive Species in Your Tracks
- REMOVE plants, animals and mud from bikes, boots, gear, pets and vehicles.
- CLEAN your gear before entering and leaving the recreation area.
- STAY on designated roads & trails.
Clean Bikes, Clean Trails
By cleaning your gear (like your bike!) and shoes between rides, you can help avoid spreading a number of invasive plant species, such as Himalayan Balsam, also known as Policeman’s Helmet. This invasive is a prolific seeder which displaces native plants and threatens biodiversity. Since it dies back during the winter months and doesn’t have a deep root system like native plants, Himalayan Balsam also causes erosion along riverbanks in fall and winter.
Trail Builders: We Need Your Help Too!
Invasive plants LOVE disturbed soil, and they LOVE hitching a ride on travelers. If you’re not careful, that traveler could be you!
What’s at risk?
- Sensitive ecosystems
- Biodiverse wildflower meadows
- Increased wildflower risk
What Can You Do?
- Clean boots, tools and equipment before working on trails
- Know where your soil/materials are coming from – use local whenever possible
- Consider potential spread of invasive species in trail planning and building
- Learn about regional and provincial priorities for invasive species management
- Learn how to prevent their spread
- Provide bike washes for trail users
- Commit to long-term monitoring for invasive species
- Connect with your regional invasive species folks!