Stop Destroying Riders MTB Tracks
Stop Destroying Riders MTB Tracks
Informal mountain biking tracks are being destroyed every day and the council is responsible, change needs to start immediately and you can help.
Over the last several month's lockdowns has accelerated already rapidly growing participation rates in mountain biking. Recently this has been seen mostly in many cases of kids and riders throughout various neighbourhoods creating jumps in public reserves bushes and parks, using initiative, and working together to create their own entertainment during this difficult time, and in response, the council has announced that they will increase monitoring and removal of trails and jumps without providing any suitable alternatives.
if the council isn’t going to give the opportunity for people to build their own tracks, make official tracks and work with the community because the people aren’t going to stop building tracks.
Or better yet stop destroying them all together not only are people creating fun for themselves they’re teaching each other about cultural and ecological significance in the bush.
If the council isn’t going to let kids build informal tracks, then give them the ability to get a permit to officialize their tracks.
It’s not like the council has a good relationship with the riders or the public, anyway, so why not give back and gain some trust and respect within the community.
I strongly believe that anyone should be able to propose new mountain biking tracks whether they be an individual or a group of riders.
Individuals or groups should be able to contact the landowner or manager with regards to developing new trails in a particular area. This allows the landowner or manager to provide information on current land use and management they should also be able to identify alternative sites for construction if the proposed area isn’t deemed suitable.
There will be a 3-step plan that consists of
1. Site assessment – which will consist of a thorough assessment of the area including the type of dirt and wildlife occupation.
2. Detailed design –the purpose is to show every bread crumb including exact angles inclines, length, height, and width.
3. Construction- this consists of the general building of the track this can be done by professionals if the group chooses to hire them or the group themselves.
Council is destroying kids' tracks so why not give them an alternative like official tracks, the children won’t stop building until the council starts.
Did you know there is only one official mountain biking track in Mandurah?
No wonder people are building their own tracks.
But it gets worse this one track is in the middle of nowhere
It’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack.
The track is just cut short, careless, and crap, it was built over four years ago and hasn’t been updated since. The council is not only destroying kids' tracks but their dreams and childhood. Studies from Michael ox long university show that 48% of children in lockdowns turn to mountain biking as their primary exercise, council has responded so nicely by destroying the tracks. Kids need to get outside and have fun, but the council is ruining the fun and learning of these young children.
It’s like the kids have ants in their pants running around in the house I’m sure the parents would love some relief from their kids at some point.
The easiest way to resolve the conflict and general issue of the MTB community and council is to stop destroying mountain biking tracks period. Do we not want our kids to play outside, challenge themselves, and build relationships with others and the bush? Why is our council cracking down on this fundamental aspect of being a child? Why has the council decided that it is time to expend money and manpower
Council destroying dirt jumps and trails has no positive outcomes, instead it:
Fosters negative relationship with authority.
Removes people from the bush.
Limits the health and wellbeing of residents.
And limits the learning about the ecological and cultural significance
If there are no positives to breaking children’s hearts, then why does the council waste money and manpower in doing so.
In the end, destroying hard work, hopes and hearts have no positive outcome building tracks should be legalized whether it be through permits or council themselves. When the council destroys tracks all they do is waste money manpower and puts the environment in worse shape than before. So, if you don’t support any of this speak out to your local council and demand change.