Trail Update from Trailmaster Charlie Parkinson
The trails will have many new routing changes this year, so pay attention to trail signs and stay on the correct trail or more trails will be lost.. We have lost the use of the connector trail (#3) due to disrespect of Landowners and their property. As a result there is no way to get from one side of town to the other.
Dirt bikes are not allowed on CMP Property period. The following trails are on CMP property #1A, #1B, RACE TRACK, #1C, #2, and #4 from RT.196 to RT.24. Any dirt bike caught on these trails will be charged with criminal trespass.
Please stay off the trails during and just after heavy rains. This cuts down on the damage that has cost our club a lot of time and money to keep the Land Owners happy. Please ride safe out there on or off our trails, fun is to be had without getting hurt. Enjoy the ride this summer and always respect the land to which you ride on and the land owners which allow us to ride.
The Speed limit is 15 MPH in the power line behind Gloria’s on rte. 196, if this speed limit is not followed the trail will be closed permanently.
The Speed limit on Rte. 201(Maine St) and in residential areas like Bay Park and Topsham Crossing is 15MPH to help keep dust and noise to a minimum.
All ATV trails are operated on privately owned land, individuals damaging or abusing their property will result in the loss of all ATV trails for everyone.
TRUCKS AND CARS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON ATV/SNOWMOBILE TRAILS IN THE STATE OF MAINE WITHOUT LAND OWNER PERMISSION.
Operating an ATV in wetlands, marshes, rivers, and streams is illegal in Maine.
RESPECT LANDOWNER’S - STAY ON MARKED TRAILS AND ONLY MARKED TRAILS AND OBEY ALL POSTED SIGNS. USE IS A PRIVILEGE, NOT A RIGHT.
RIDE AT OWN RISK. While riding please wear proper protective equipment and keep speeds at a safe level. Ride Smart, Ride Safe, Ride Sober. Again, if you’re out on the trail please bring a pair of clippers or even a small saw to help cut back the new growth from the summer. Every snip helps.
THINK AND DRIVE
1. Make sure your registration is up to date. Properly attach your Registration stickers.
2. Check your helmet. Invest in a new one if it’s damaged by any dents or cracks.
3. Give your ATV a twice-over. Check that all equipment, including brakes, lights, engine, and tires are in good condition and functioning properly.
4. Familiarize yourself with local regulations and bylaws regarding ATV usage.
5. Get your emergency kit ready to go, including any or all of the following: blanket, snacks/food, waterproof matches, a whistle, insect repellant and sunblock, a flashlight, spare fuel, tea or coffee, water/water purification tablets, duct tape, signal mirror, tool kit, first aid supplies, rope, flares, spare keys, a sharp knife, and/or compass.
6. If your children want to ride, ensure they have completed the ATV safety course. If you haven’t vridden before or could just use a re-fresher, do the same. Don’t let your children use adult-sized ATVs.
7. Consider taking a first aid course. It doesn’t hurt to be prepared.
8. Get yourself in the mindset for a great riding season. Have fun!
Our Club this past year had several incidents of On-Off Road M/Cs causing problems with several of our landowners. One of those land owners has chosen to close his land to everyone including, Atv, M/C, Bikes, and walkers. This is mostly Because of no respect of the M/C users just abusing the property and landowner. We have other areas in our town that are also receiving complains about the lack of respect from them. We’ve decided after much thought to close our trails to M/Cs use due to these complaints and also that many of our trails are on property owned by Power Companies that have a policy that there will be no M/C on their land. The notice attached sadly is now the rule. Please if you’re on Ours or another club trail system respect all land owners! We will now use signs/cameras to enforce this new rule. We also have had created Land Owner contact magnets so they will have someone to contact when problems happen immediately.
Please Respect your Land Owners if you don’t we will not have a place to ride!
Dan Parlin, TTR President