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Helensburgh mountain bikers strike deal over woodland trail use

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Helensburgh mountain bikers strike deal over woodland path use

HELENSBURGH’S mountain bike neighborhood have spoken of their delight after agreeing phrases with native landowners over the usage of newly constructed bike trails within the space.

The close-knit group of cyclists who incessantly use the hills close to to the Highlandman’s Street, simply exterior Helensburgh and Rhu, had been nervous that landowner objections to them constructing pathways would put a halt to their mountain biking days there, as reported in the Advertiser final month.

Nonetheless after talks with Scottish Woodlands – who handle the forest on behalf of the house owners – phrases had been agreed for the usage of the realm, and the bikers can proceed to benefit from the hills.

Jacqueline Hood of Helensburgh Mountain Bike Meet-up instructed the Advertiser: “Scottish Woodlands are completely happy for mountain bikers to proceed to make use of and benefit from the forest.

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“They had been initially involved in regards to the jumps in case individuals injured themselves on them resulting in potential legal responsibility points for them.

“Nonetheless, they’ve checked their insurance coverage and have been instructed that they’re coated.

“Which means that the paths which might be in place can stay as they’re with no adjustments to the jumps or bridges which have already been constructed, which is unbelievable information.

“They’ve requested that we don’t construct any extra new trails within the areas which have been felled just lately and replanted, as they need to enable the small bushes to ascertain themselves and develop a bit.

“However that looks like a small worth to pay for being allowed to maintain the paths that we’ve already.”

Mountain bikers from throughout Helensburgh and the encircling space are happy with the information, even because the summer season begins to fade and colder climate begins to return.

“It’s completely unbelievable given the hours and hours of arduous graft and tonnes of earth shifted that went into constructing them throughout lockdown.” Jacqueline continued.

READ MORE: Rhu campaigners’ petition calls for ancient woodlands protection

“Planning after which executing a rideable path is an actual problem, however immensely satisfying as soon as it’s completed and you may experience it and the obstacles run as you deliberate.

“The brand new trails have huge hole jumps with rooster runs being added as mandatory, together with drop offs, berms, hips, bridges and kickers.

“Everybody does their bit to enhance them every time they experience.

“The Scottish Woodlands consultant couldn’t have been extra useful or approachable and we sit up for working with them sooner or later to safe and enhance mountain biking entry within the space.

“It’s such a reduction and I’m actually happy for all of the youngsters who put a lot arduous work into creating all the brand new trails and options.

“They’re nice ambassadors for his or her age group and the city.”

Particulars of the brand new trails can be found on the Trailforks app for Apple and Android telephones.

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