Canberra’s mountain bike path community badly wants new funding if the ACT is to stay aggressive as a vacation spot for the booming sport, in accordance with a brand new report.
The draft Canberra Mountain Bike Report, ready for ACT Parks and Conservation Service and out for public comment, says Canberra aspires to be the mountain bike capital of Australia however wanted new, distinctive and difficult trails, supporting infrastructure and providers at present path hubs and a advertising and marketing marketing campaign.
It says interstate riders spend round $30 million annually in Canberra, attracted by a mixture of high-quality trails, pure surroundings, world-class points of interest, and a vibrant biking tradition.
Canberra’s proximity to Sydney and regional NSW, and the attraction of town to worldwide guests, presents a major alternative for development, the report says.
However Stromlo Forest Park is the ACT’s solely purpose-built mountain bike park, with different trails constructed and managed by volunteers, primarily in plantation forests which are topic to harvesting.
The ACT lacks trails that supply at the least two days of driving for interstate guests, ‘hero’ or aspirational trails that make it a compelling vacation spot and elevated trails when in comparison with different locations.
The report notes that there was a flurry of improvement in different jurisdictions, together with purpose-built trails and services which are properly funded, managed and promoted.
It says the brand new trails needs to be situated within the space between Stromlo Forest Park and the Cotter Recreation Reserve, the Cotter Recreation Space and the Blue Vary Space in Uriarra Forest.
”These areas provide important potential for trail-based recreation and proximity to town and suburbs makes it ideally fitted to strolling, climbing, path operating and mountain biking,” the report says.
”Stromlo Forest Park will act because the ‘gateway’ to those new trails providing high-quality infrastructure, shuttle providers and an occasion staging space.”
The report says there may be important curiosity from the non-public sector to stage mountain bike occasions within the ACT however constant path requirements, high-quality trailhead services and path enhancements are required.
”The shortage of a coordinated method to the event of mountain biking, path upkeep and advertising and marketing is limiting the potential of the ACT to turn into a global mountain bike vacation spot,” the report says.
The report additionally recommends a phased and prioritised method to path improvement, strategic plans to account for harvesting and path improvement actions in plantation forests, and constant signage throughout all mountain bike hubs.
It says Canberra ought to pursue Worldwide Mountain Bicycling Affiliation Trip Centre standing and develop a Mountain Bike Capital of Australia model as a part of the CBR CycleTourism advertising and marketing technique.