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OFF-ROAD SAFETY - USAG to receive grant for ATV training area

By Dawn J. Douglas | GARRISON SAFETY OFFICE | August 07, 2014

Did you know Fort Riley has more than 235 acres in Training Area 10 approved for all-terrain vehicles and dirt bike recreations use? Besides ATV and dirt bike recreation use, a portion of TA-10 also is certified by the All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute for training Soldiers and civilian employees who operate an ATB as required by the job description. Soldiers, family members and DA civilians who are riding enthusiast or just discovering the excitement of off roading are free to chase their inner adventurer on these trails.

Recently, the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation received a grant to construct two loading ramps at the north and south entry points into TA 10 through the Yamaha OHV Grant Initiative. The ramps will help mitigate potential injuries or equipment damage from vehicle on and off loading in the ATV staging area. Fort Riley is the first location in Kansas to receive funds from Yamaha Corporation to improve its riding area to help maintain access for safe, responsible and sustainable use by motorized off-road vehicles.

Yamaha will present a check for $7,822 to the USAG, Fort Riley Command, Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation and the Garrison Safety Office at 1:30 p.m. July 29 at Ware Parade Field. The Fort Riley community is encouraged to attend.

A recreational off-roader’s first stop should be iSportsman.net, the Fort Riley home for recreational users to gather information on all available opportunities and the regulations which correspond. On the iSportman website, under Recreational Information, you can download a map of the ATV area, ATV and Dirt Bike Operations Fact Sheet, and both the ATV-Dirt Bike and Trail Riding Brochure for 2014.

The following are a few quick tips to get you off roading safely:

• When planning a trip to the ATV and dirt bike riding area, always inform someone else where you are going and when you expect to return. Stick to your plan.

• Carry a first aid kit to the riding area with you and know how to use it.

• Be sure your ATV or dirt bike is in good condition.

• Ride within your limitations and don’t execute maneuvers or jumps that are beyond your riding ability.

• Wear all your safety equipment when riding. ATV and dirt bike motorcycle helmets, gloves, goggles, boots, long pants and long sleeves are the minimum requirement.

• Limit speeds in areas with which you are unfamiliar.

• Always walk the track and area prior to riding it to familiarize yourself with changes

• When riding on tracks, hold your line. Do not crisscross the track over jumps or on the ground when riding with other riders.

• Never disturb, kick or pick up any item laying on the ground. Dangerous unexploded ordnance has been found in all training areas at Fort Riley.

• Riding is permitted only during daylight hours.

• You must use the buddy system. No individual checkins are permitted.

• All cars and trucks are restricted to the parking area and must have a vehicle access permit displayed in the window.

• Riding in the ATV and dirt bike riding area is restricted to off road quads – four wheelers and dirt bikes.

• It is unlawful for any person to be in the ATV and dirt bike riding area after hours of darkness or before sunrise.

• Individual riders who are 16 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent or someone living in the same household who is 18 years and older.

• No alcoholic beverages are allowed in the ATV and dirt bike riding area or parking lot.

Off-roading safety begins with being a responsible rider and following not only the established rules, but also the rule of common sense. In 2012, the Consumer Product Safety Commission received reports of 353 ATV-related fatalities. Many of the fatalities involved children, 16 years and younger. Fort Riley rules and regulations are for your safety and security. For more information, visit the iSportman.net website or call the Garrison Safety Office at 785-239-3391. 
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