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Campaign for a quality single track trails in London Parks

gregkgregk Posts: 17
edited October 2010 in MTB general
I am really fed up with the anti-MTB attitude in Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common. They are littered with 'no cycling' signs and ridiculous pedestrian priority and 10mph speed limits. These are parks and commons for the people and Mountain bikers deserve to be allowed to enjoy them - its the new 'tragedy of the commons'. The anti-MTB policy is defended on the grounds on the needing to protect delicate wildlife but a bike tire cruising past is certainly less damaging than walkers with their dogs. There is so much space in these parks and a quality single track trail of about 20mins duration could easily be created in a small area. It would be great to see a few 'Caution - Cycle Track' signs for a change.
Does anyone know if there has been any attempt to get MTB trails set-up? Does anyone have an experience or knowledge of how we might go about getting this to happen?


  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 43,933
    Try elsewhere?

    Nobody seemed to give a t0ss when I belted round the dirt path round the edge of Dulwich Park (and you'd think they'd be a bit snotty about that sort of thing). Only trouble was it took about 5 minutes to do a lap :(

    My local Park in Beckenham is even better and even the golfers don't complain when you cut across the fairway to get from one section of the woods to another :)

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  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,601
    There are no mountains in either of those parks. But the Surrey Hills are less than half an hour away. Plenty of space.
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  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,601
    ps even where bikes are permitted, pedestrians (and Wombles) get priority.
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  • got swinley and Surrey hills both worth a punt, the parks are already busy places, if one made a proper trail how are you going to stop dog walkers etc?

    The parks are fine for a potter I roll round on my Roadie some days but for serious fun I head out of town.

    Esher woods are okay though rather tame.
  • wordnumbwordnumb Posts: 847
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