We at Dieselbikes have been completing
tons of Trail work throughout Lynn Woods and plan on expanding these efforts
to other mountain bike trail locations. Over the past years, we have
been asked what trail building standards do we follow or use as a guideline.
The answer to this question can be found at the Federal Highway
Administration Recreational Trails Program (FHWA-RTP) website.
The FHAW-RTP website contains standard
guidelines for trail design, specifications and maintenance. In
general, most trail design groups such as International Mountain Bicycling
Association (IMBA) use these guidelines provided by the FHAW-RTP and add an
enhanced level of guiding principles which are defined for specific or
multi-use trails. In this case IMBA will provide more information
related to bicycle trail design and maintenance, but still derive their
general specifications from the FHWA-RTP.
We at Dieselbikes rely on the FHWA-RTP's
guidelines to aid in our trail building, but we also mix in the use of
IMBA's published trail guidelines. Much of what we do involves common
sense and sometimes it is trial and error. There is no book or drawing
that will tell you what to do, how to do it and what the trail will look
like 1 ~ 5 years later. Every trail is different and this calls for a
unique approach for each one!
Below is a short list of (public) trail
design drawings provided by the Federal Highway Administration Recreational
Trails Program. Dieselbikes has provided this list for quick access
since the FHWA-RTP website is rather large.
You can visit the
FHWA-RTP by clicking this link for more
information and publications.
The information listed on this web page
is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a standard,
specification or regulation. The drawings below are public information
provided by the FHWA-RTP website. If you download and/or use
this information, we at Dieselbikes are not legally responsible for any
injury or death.