Up or Down? Who gets right of way?

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Up or Down? Who gets right of way?
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Posted: Jan 13, 2020 at 18:28 Quote
Oooold question. It used to be that uphill got the right of way because losing momentum on the climb sucks, and restarting can sometimes be tricky. Obviously restarting on the down is as easy as letting off the brakes.

Anymore I hear people saying “enjoy the down” and yielding to the downhill traffic so they can stay in the flow. Seems less people value the challenge of cleaning the climb without putting a foot down. More people wanna bomb the hill and I’m cool with both. I just wish it was consistent.

What is the consensus? Who gets the right of way, uphill or downhill riders?

Posted: Jan 13, 2020 at 18:43 Quote
Old school is to let the climber pass. Stick with the old school, and yield to hikers up or down. Makes the woods a nicer place. When it comes to access issues we are gonna lose to hikers every time so it's best if they don't perceive us to be a bunch of raging, red bull fueled pecker-heads. Just my 2 cents. If you want to ride something clean then hit it dawn patrol style.

Posted: Jan 13, 2020 at 20:00 Quote
Exactly as He11boy has put it, well said!!! And I greet everyone, say something to lighten the mood as i approach them from behind, do HighFives with the line of hikers that yielded to me, praise the little tyke on the pushbike, stop and talk to the retired couple about their dog(while I catch my breath)...let them know that i’m one with them... the other day I cascaded down off a Gnar trail with my Timberbell clanging onto the paved walking path near a small group of people, I made a comment like ‘watch out, it’s one of them crazy bikers’, got a giggle from them and was sincerely praised for the effectiveness of my bell! On another occasion a dude was walking down the same trail with a skittish dog and did not care the the bell at all...lol

Posted: Jan 22, 2020 at 5:30 Quote

I agree attitudes are changing and conventions need to change with them. It's about rights and responsibilities: anyone who wants the right to charge hard on a descent has the responsibility to be able to stop or safely avoid anything they may encounter and has the responsibility to act accordingly when they're the uphill rider. The faster you go, the greater your responsibility.

We're long past the days when uphill riders can indignantly occupy the middle of the trail and proclaim their right of way. It's more like a "merge" situation on a highway: both parties have equal rights.

Posted: Jan 14, 2021 at 4:14 Quote
Agree that unless all follow one or other as the standard it makes it hard. I am always shaking my head why some riders in trying to clear the trail cross over right in front of me. I stay to the right to give us both more clearance and they veer hard to the left almost causing a head on.

i’ve had that happen three times in the last year. And though they appear to not be highly experienced they also don’t appear to be Noobs either.

Next time I’m going to turn around and ask them what was going through their mind to think this was a good thing.

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