"We need close to $400K to bring this to reality (normally this will be $2.4 Million project)
"If you know of any grant, government or private support project (or have any spare cash). Send us the information. Thanks for your time, Cradle Coast Mountain Bike Club".
How cool is this, the Dirt Devils MTB Club is organising a series of social adventure rides for people who want to get out and spend an enjoyable day seeing new places on bikes with old and new friends.
According to the blurb, most of the riding will be on gravel or rough fire/4wd trails, and will be between 3 and 6 hours in duration. Some MTB experience and a certain level of fitness may be required. The rides are free, but you will need an MTBA licence (social day licences available for $5 at registration).
The first ride is scheduled for Sunday 29th April. The route will be the Saw Back Range track out to Adamsfield and back alongside Lake Gordon (which is described here) in the south west past Mount Field. This ride will be around 5 to 6 hours with lunch (BYO) at Adamsfield. Meet at the junction at 9 am.
If you want to know more then please check their website http://www.dirtdevilsmtb.com/viewpage.php?page_id=44.
There's a second ride planned for the 27 May 2012 out from New Norfolk up to Sleeping Beauty and Jeffrey's Track, and a third 'destination unknown' ride pencilled in for June 24. Check out their site for future updates.
Progress on the Dorset Rail Trail between Tulendeena and Legerwood has stopped because local landowners have raised concerns about the next proposed section of trail.
Their concerns apparently include that the trail will be too close to a slaughterhouse, and that if built, the new section will result in the closure of the slaughterhouse and local butchery.
The 18km that have been completed has apparently been very successful and communities have reported a great deal of activity along the trail. This is obviously invaluable for these communities through attracting interstate visitors, stimulating the economy, encouraging healthy activity and promoting positive environmental practice.
However anyone who has ridden the trail would appreciate that it currently begins and ends in quite remote locations and that the proposed extension would be a real bonus.
So tassietrails.org isn't into political lobbying, but apparently the overwhelming number of letters sent to local Parliamentarians has been against the extension, so if you like the trail, want to voice your support for the project and even up the numbers a bit, you can find the list of current members for Bass here and what you write is up to you.
Over here in Europe, where I'm currently cycle touring, I've followed many major tourist cycle routes that have weaved in and out of farms, sawmills, logging operations and quarries and so I know that it is possible for these activities to work side by side.
We just have to get past the fear of the unknown and new, and look for some real solutions that suit everybody.
Clarence City Council, through the Clarence bicycle Steering Committee, has completed a review of the Clarence Bicycle Strategy and Action Plan and is now seeking input from members of the public on the draft plan.
Mountain biking is not explicitly considered in the plan, as it is dealt with in the Clarence Tracks and Trails Strategy, however the document is a worth while read if you are a local in the area as you probably still ride these routes and paths to work, to the shop or to the trails.
More details are available on the Clarence City Council's website. Comment period closes Friday 5th July at 5pm.
The Tasmanian Government has released a Draft Cycle Tourism Strategy for comment. The Strategy identifies three priority areas to support the growth and development of cycle tourism in the State out to 2020: consolidating trails and routes; marketing trails and events in Tasmania; and providing the supporting infrastructure and services to provide the right experience once cycle tourists arrive.
According to their website, The Queens Domain Master Plan identifies projects to enhance the Domain's claim to be the City's premier park. These include improving access, lifting its appearance, improving road treatments and parking, better catering for passive recreation (walking, cycling and picnicking) and cultural activity throughout the park, and activating underutilised assets.
Pages 64-65 of the draft plan relate specifically to cycling, and include proposals to:
- Investigate a new contour loop mountain track below Summit Loop.
- Investigate a new western face mountain bike track.
- Promote entry level cycling and skills training for individuals and families on both road bikes and mountain bikes including development of:
»» a family learn to ride circuit around Summit Loop Road
»» off-road circuit of paths on designated fire access routes for introductory mountain bike riding (minimum width, surface standard treatment and drainage as required to minimise erosion)
»» install skills features in appropriate locations throughout the path network.The draft plans are on public exhibition until November 25th and you can can get further details at the Hobart City Council website.