Current through Register Vol. 1431; November 27, 2020
Section 12.12 - Rules of Conduct on DCR Properties - Non-motorized Vehicles; Trails(1) All non-motorized trail uses shall be permitted on any forest trail, forest way, trail or rail trail unless posted closed with appropriate signage, or prohibited by regulation or law.(2) The use of bicycles and other means of transportation, including in-line skates, scooters, skateboards and similar equipment, may be prohibited in specific areas and at specific times at particular DCR properties, and may be communicated through postings, signs, or markings.(3) When passing others on a trail, trail users shall alert others with audible signals such as by voice, bell or horn.(4) Trail users shall stop at all intersections and obey all regulatory signs and pavement markings on DCR property.(5) A cyclist lawfully using DCR property after dark must equip his or her bicycle or other wheeled vehicle with a white light on the front of the vehicle and a red light to the rear of the vehicle that project illumination visible from 500 feet or more from the vehicle.(6) Children 16 years of age or younger must wear a helmet when riding or operating a bicycle or other wheeled vehicle on DCR property as prescribed by M.G.L. c. 85, § 11B½.(7) No person shall operate any bicycle, in-line skates, scooters, skateboards or similar equipment in a reckless manner, or at a speed which may be considered unreasonable or improper for existing conditions.(8) Trail users shall keep to the right. When stopping, no trail user may block the trail to other users.(9) DCR may temporarily close or prohibit the use of any forest road, forest way, trail or area to any or all trail uses when the Department determines that such continued use would be detrimental to the environment due to extremely wet or dry conditions or for any other appropriate reason.(10) No person may pass or create an access or egress between DCR property and abutting property in order to avoid an established regulation governing DCR property.(11) No person may construct or clear any new trail or maintain, mark or change the use or treadway of an existing trail on DCR property, without written authorization by the Division Director.(12) No person may operate any motor vehicle upon or over any designated non-motorized trail, except to cross over a non-motorized trail where such crossing is designated by the Department or allowed by duly authorized DCR permit.Adopted by Mass Register Issue 1272, eff. 10/24/2014.