With mountain biking season really starting to take off, we just wanted to pass on this reminder from the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society to keep your bike clean and prevent the spread of invasive species.
Here are some tips to keep potentially destructive invasives from spreading across different trail networks:
- Start the day with clean shoes and gear by using the PlayCleanGo handheld boot brush to ensure there were no missed seeds or plant parts from your last adventure.
- Stay on marked and/or designated trails to keep invasive species populations localized for easier management and prevent introduction to new areas.
- When your adventure is done and before leaving a location, CLEAN your:
- Footwear at a boot brushing station or with the PlayCleanGo handheld boot brush you’ve packed if a station is not available along the trails.
- Clothes and gear by picking off seeds and burrs and brushing off extra dirt.
- Pets by removing mud and seeds. For tough burrs on pets use a little coconut oil on the burr and pinch it break it up into pieces and comb them out of fur.
- Spray down your bike with water or compressed air to remove mud and plant parts from tires and fenders.
Learn more at Play Clean Go