Environment

Environment related planning

Bicycle environment considerations

Specific environmental considerations shall include:

  • the road or trail features
  • other users
  • climate or weather
  • the type of flora expected
  • the type of fauna expected

 

Road or trail features that shall be used to determine a participant’s skill assessment (see participant section above) include:

  • the gradient
  • the surface
  • the width
  • the obstacles to be negotiated

 

Strategies to reduce the hazards and risks associated with other vehicular, bicycle or pedestrian traffic shall be used.

 

Bicycle severe weather

The following table details the:

  • current Australian weather warnings
  • associated weather for each warning
  • mainland warning trigger points for issuing warnings for strong winds and hail.

 

Bureau of Meteorology weather warnings and associated weather Table:

Severe Weather warning Thunderstorm warning Coastal Waters Wind Warning Tropical Cyclone Advice: Watch or warning
High tides
Large surf
Heavy rain/ flash flooding Heavy rain/ flash flooding
Blizzards Blizzards
Strong winds

Wind >63 km/h

Gusts >90 km/h

Strong winds

Gusts >90 km/h

Strong winds

Wind >48 km/h or >26 knots

Strong winds

Wind >62 km/h or >=34 knots

Tornadoes
Hail

Hail >=2cm

Lightning

 

Bicycle severe weather triggers

Trigger points shall be based on the Bureau of Meteorology weather warnings and actual weather conditions.

The risk management plan and emergency management plan should include guidance on trigger points and associated actions for:

  • severe weather warnings
  • thunderstorm warnings
  • coastal waters wind warnings
  • tropical cyclone advice: watch and warning
  • extreme cold temperature
  • extreme hot temperatures

 

Actions for severe weather warnings may include but is not limited to:

  • adjustment of activity based on expected riding surface and riding conditions
  • avoid locations effected by tides or surf
  • avoiding areas and river crossings that have the potential for flash flooding
  • preparations to avoid the risks associated with blizzards
  • moving to areas that are protected from strong winds
  • managing risks of flying or falling items during strong winds

 

Actions for thunderstorm warnings may include but is not limited to:

  • adjustment of activity based on expected riding surface and riding conditions
  • avoiding areas and river crossings that have the potential for flash flooding
  • preparations to avoid the risks associated with blizzards
  • moving to areas that are protected from strong winds
  • managing risks of flying or falling items during strong winds
  • moving to areas that are protected from hail
  • preparations to avoid the risks associated with lightning

 

Actions for coast waters wind warnings may include but is not limited to:

  • moving to areas that are protected from strong winds
  • managing risks of flying or falling items during strong winds

 

Actions for tropical cyclone warnings may include but is not limited to:

  • evacuating to a safe location
  • avoid locations effected by tides or surf
  • moving to areas that are protected from strong winds
  • managing risks of flying or falling items during strong winds
  • avoiding areas and river crossing that have the potential for flash flooding

 

Bushfire, prescribed fire and fire danger

Refer Part I Core Standard section – Bush fire, prescribed fire and fire danger.

 

Water crossings and flooding

Bicycle water and river crossings

The crossing of swollen creeks, rivers, flooded bridges or fords, or the entry of floodwaters should be avoided.

There may be circumstances when it is unclear if a crossing is in flood or not.

When assessing the suitability of a potential crossing that may or may not be in flood, consideration should be given but is not limited to:

  • if there is debris floating or flowing in the current as this can indicate the risk of being hit and/or swept away by debris
  • how clear the water is and if the base of the crossing be seen as this can help determine the depth of crossing and its base
  • the depth of the crossing as this can indicate the amount of water and force needed to be overcome to avoid being washed away
  • the speed of the water as this can indicate the volume of water and force needed to be overcome to avoid being washed away
  • where the water flows as the flow may wash people into dangerous or deadly situations (g. into trees in the water that act as strainers, into narrow rock crevices)
  • the base of the crossing (g. pebbles, sand, small rocks or large rocks) as moving water can move the base increasing the danger of foot entrapment and/or reducing the likelihood of maintaining stable footing during the crossing)

 

Bicycle – Flash flooding

Areas likely to experience flash flooding should be avoided during severe weather or thunderstorms.

The suitability of water for drinking during and after flooding should be assessed.

 

Wildlife safety

Bicycle wildlife safety

Procedures should be in place to minimise the risks associated with possible injuries sustained from wildlife that may be encountered.

The type of wildlife that may need to be considered include but is not limited to:

  • Buffaloes
  • Cassowaries
  • Cattle
  • Crocodiles
  • Dingoes
  • Emu
  • Horses
  • Pigs
  • Snakes
  • Ticks

 

Environmental sustainability procedures

The procedures may include but are not limited to the following:

Bicycle – Plan ahead and prepare

  • Ride only in areas where cycling is allowed.

 

Bicycle – Travel and camp on durable surfaces

  • Avoid regeneration areas and places where high user impact is starting to show.
  • Ride only on the designated track.
  • Do not create new tracks.
  • Avoid cutting corners.
  • Do not widen tracks.
  • Dismounting and walking around obstacles to avoid creating detours.
  • Brake gently before corners and avoid skidding to protect the track surface from erosion.
  • Do not ride when trails are excessively wet.
  • Ride straight through wet areas or puddles to avoid creating detours.
  • Avoid mud and soft entrances and exits around water to reduce erosion.

 

Bicycle – Dispose of waste properly

  • Biodegradable products are used wherever possible.

 

Bicycle – Leave what you find

  • Never remove obstacles such as rock and logs from the trail surface.
  • Wash your bike tyres before riding in a different area to help prevent spreading disease and unnatural migration of species.

 

Bicycle – Be considerate of your hosts and other visitors

  • Be considerate to other users such as horse riders, walkers and other bikers.

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