Trail Update from Trailmaster Charlie Parkinson
The East Side Trails from Mt. Ararat to the Dump are now open. The West side of Town is now open from J & S Park and Ride towards Lisbon Falls, please drive careful and respect land owners. Thanks go out to our Trailmasters for getting these open!
THE TRAILS ARE EXPECTED TO REOPEN MID MAY IF WEATHER AND TRAIL CONDITIONS PERMIT; THERE IS NO SET DATE FOR THE TRAILS TO OPEN. MANY FACTORS AFFECT THE TRAIL’S OPENING DATE -WEATHER, TRAIL DAMAGE, AND MOST IMPORTANT THE LAND OWNER. THE USE OF ATV'S ON A CLOSED TRAIL DURING MUD SEASON IS CONSIDERED FELONY TRESPASSING.
Several properties have changed owners recently so we are working on getting permission to continue using the properties before opening those trails. If you see any-one on the trails or getting ready to head out on the trails please inform them the trails are closed till they dry up. I will remove all the signs and chains as soon as they are ready for use. We will have some working weekends over the next month so if you can spare some time please give me a call. The trails are drying up slowly, the frost heave is settling down and the snow is all gone. The east side of town has some erosion issues to be repaired before the trails open, the west side is running behind but is drying up nicely.
If the trails are posted as closed and the entry way is blocked then the trails are closed to all motorized vehicles period. Going around or through the barriers and riding the trails anyway is felony trespassing and jeopardizes the use of all trails, all individuals caught doing so can deal with the Game Wardens.
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 ridden 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!
Golden Rules for Safe ATV Operation
1. Always wear a helmet and other protective gear.
2. Never ride on public roads – another vehicle could hit you.
3. Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
4. Never carry a passenger on a single-rider vehicle.
5. Ride an ATV that’s right for your age. The CPSC age/size guidelines are:
Age 6 and olderUnder 70cc Age 12 and older70cc – 90cc Age 16 and olderOver 90cc
6. Supervise riders younger than 16; ATVs are not toys.
7. Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.
8. Take an ATV Rider Course; to enroll call toll free (800) 887-2887.
Permission required. A person may not operate an ATV on the land of another without the permission of the landowner or lessee. Permission is presumed on designated state approved ATV trails or in areas open to ATVs by landowner policy. A landowner may limit the use of a designated state-approved ATV trail on that landowner's property through agreements with the State or an ATV club to address environmental, public safety or management concerns. Written permission of the landowner or lessee is required on cropland or pastureland or in an orchard. As used in this subsection, “cropland” means acreage in tillage rotation, land being cropped and land in bush fruits, and “pastureland” means acreage devoted to the production of forage plants used for animal production.
The registration number in the form of stickers issued by the commissioner must be clearly displayed on the front and rear of the vehicle. A registration is valid for one year commencing July 1st of each year, except that any registration issued prior to July 1st but after May 1st is valid from the date of issuance until June 30th of the following year. A person may not operate an ATV that is required to be registered under this section unless registration numbers are displayed in these spaces or as otherwise required by the department.
Last Monday of the month - Regular Club Meeting 7pm
3rd Monday of the month - Board of Directors Meeting 7pm
2nd Wednesday of the month-
Social night 6pm
April 30th Topsham Trailriders monthly meeting
May 19th weather (permitting) Down East Sunrise Trail
May 20th show your colors ride Turner Timberland ATV club
May 26th Roxbury Poker Run
May 28th Mermorial Day Parade Hosted by Over the Hill ATV Riders. Meet at 192 State Road at West Bath Fire Station 9:30am
May 28th Topsham Trailriders monthly meeting