Whatcom Falls and Pump Track Etiquette
It’s been great to see folks out using and enjoying the pump track. I always see someone riding when I swing by or ride though.
A few things we’d like to emphasize as being good stewards of the pump track and Whatcom Falls Park. Remember that one huge strength of our community is our ability to self-police….so, if you see someone doing these things, gently remind them about what they’re doing is wrong and why it has a negative impact. In the end, this is a community-created resource and we’d really like to build more in other parks – which requires all of us to pitch in and help.
Basic Rules and Etiquette:
- Bikes only on the pump track! Please, no scooters, rollerblades, skateboards, RC cars, pogo sticks or any other device that doesn’t remotely look like a bike. Small wheel on things like rollerblades and other items dig into the dirt, degrade the track faster and will make maintenance a larger issue. RC cars tear the living crap out of the dirt. No exceptions here.
- Please respect folks who are playing basketball. We’ve heard from people that are really stoked about the pump track, but say they regularly have people ride right through a game or while they’re shooting hoops. This is a really simple thing to help avoid. Is someone playing basketball? Get off the court or remind a rider about it.
- When you’re riding through the park (to get to the pump track, head to Galby or even passing through the park), please ride slow and be courteous to other park users. This truly is a universal etiquette item, but with more bike traffic in Whatcom Falls park, we really want to emphasize that even more here. Take a few seconds to slow down and give a “hello” or “how ya doing?” as you pass other trail users. It’s amazing how far a little courtesy goes!
- No walking on top of the berms or sides of the pumps. This can help break down the dirt and is another maintenance item.
- If you think the track is dusty and could use some water, grab a hose and spray it down. If you have questions, ask another ride or email the wmbc at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are our official rules and etiquette signs, but the above items really cover 90% of the issues we’ve seen so far. Thanks again for all of the help and we’ll see you on the track!