Ride Lightly: How to combine mountain biking and conservation

The Ride Lightly Campaign by the Saving our Species program works with the mountain bike community to show how to explore the beautiful Australian bush.

Bike rider on Thredbo Valley Track, Kosciuszko National Park

'Protect what you love, and ride lightly' – Steph Martin, National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger.

Mountain bike riding is exciting, great for keeping fit, and for getting into nature. The Ride Lightly Campaign by the Saving our Species program is working with the mountain biking community to show how to explore the beautiful Australian bush, all while appreciating and protecting the amazing threatened species that exist nowhere else in the world.

Top tips for protecting the bush while mountain biking:

  1. avoiding riding in the wet – biking in the mud causes erosion
  2. be courteous of other park users, particularly on multi-use trails – we are all out enjoying what we love
  3. don't modify tracks or create shortcuts – this can have devastating effects on endangered plants
  4. clean your bike after every ride – it's good bike maintenance and it removes weed seeds and diseases spread by bikes.