Support the Glenfield to Wedderburn MTB trail proposal by Campbelltown Councillor M. Oates

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http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/macarthur/campbelltown-councillor-meg-oates-want-to-see-a-bush-cycle-track-built-from-glenfield-to-wedderburn/news-story/e9259f09d52a1f8a4ee08852d97a0c2b

This is a brilliant idea.

Mountain bicyclists (not motorcycle riders) use internationally recognised (IMBA) guidelines to build and maintain trails that are less than 1m wide. Anti social and damaging activities such as rubbish dumping, illegal motorcycle riding and access by firebugs all decrease because a passionate user group is caring for and taking responsibility of the environment.

Look around at what the rest of the world is doing with mountain biking, especially in Canada, New Zealand, the ACT and recently in Derby, Tasmania.

This is a great opportunity for a council in the Wollondilly Macarthur area to step up and provide a formal opportunity for people to access, appreciate and care for the natural environment and help reduce the obesity problem. It could also increase the number of tourism dollars spend in the area as people come to ride the trail while partners go shopping, then have lunch or even stay overnight.

Early studies suggested mountain bicycling had the same impact as walking in the bush. New studies are saying mountain biking has less impact than walking. Close minded people jump up and down saying mountain biking is a problem, but it should really be looked at as a possible solution to a wider range of social issues. It is a friendly, family oriented activity, allowing friends and families to relax, get fit and enjoy some time in the bush together, away from tv, computers and other distractions.

There is even a local mountain bike club, the Wollondilly Macarthur MTB Club. The club is run by volunteers. Friendly people with families and friends who ride bicycles and come from all walks of life. Some have extensive experience designing and building trails with NPWS, local councils and private land owners, incorporating their knowledge of IMBA guidelines, environmental issues and erosion and sediment control to create fun, flowing, sustainable mtb trails

Again, this is a great idea.



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