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This recent September 2022 article (above) from the USA exemplifies the ongoing conflict worldwide regarding mountain bike trail construction. Authorities have the difficult but important task of providing for recreation while not sacrificing the environment and its wildlife

Perth, Western Australia, October 2022. Another Mountain Biking Fatality. Read more:

Perth Hills mountain bike death: Man found dead by bushwalker days after crash | PerthNow

“We’re building rogue trails because land managers are closing trails”. Conflict in natural areas is worldwide. Read more:

It is time for specialised mountain biking venues outside of natural areas; safer for riders and safeguards the environment. Read more:

Another new mountain bike venue proposed; more social and environmental angst in Victoria, Australia. Read more:
South Australia-Mountain bike park proposal has been stopped. Government has pulled back on a plan to invest millions of dollars in a mountain bike park in the Adelaide Hills. Read more:

Tasmania-Another mountain biking death. Read more:

Victorian rider dies on Tasmania’s Maydena mountain-bike trail – ABC News

When a professional and objective environmental consultancy is employed to conduct an environmental/social impact assessment prior to single-track mountain bike construction, the outcome for a sensitive ecosystem is positive. Read more:

Lawsuits are increasing: mountain bike riders are suffering devasting injuries. Read more:

Mt. Hood Skibowl bans mountain bikes after losing lawsuit | KNKX Public Radio

In the News: Mountain biker sues race organizer after fallen tree causes crash –

There is a building awareness that mountain biking has a significant social impact that needs to be understood and addressed. See examples below:

Reader Input: Trail change should not be approved | Gold Country Media

Queensland-Recreation continues to take precedence over sensitive ecosystems. See more:

USA-Illegal Mountain Bike trail construction is an ongoing problem worldwide:
‘Loved to death’: A clash over fragile Northern New Mexico badlands | Local News |

St Helens mountain bike rider dies after crash on popular Tasmanian trail – ABC News

USA-Mountain bike environmental impacts. It is a worldwide problem:

Victoria-Bendigo Mountain Bike Club blames Parks Victoria for likely Golden Triangle Epic cancellation
New South Wales-
New Zealand-Injured mountainbiker ‘thinking outside square’ in new normal life
Sep 07 2019 One minute Finn Richardson was an elite level mountain biker competing at national level having raced at Crankworx – the next he was paralysed from a spinal injury.

Canada-Serious injury at Valemount Bike Fest
2 July 2019 A Prince George woman was seriously injured with a spinal injury at the Valemount Bike Park’s 3rd Annual BikeFest.

Impacts of Mountain Biking
USA-18 June 2019 Mountain Biking is a significant threat to our wildlands—both in designated preserves like national parks, wilderness areas, and the like, but also Wilderness Study Areas (WSA) and roadless lands that may potentially be given Congressional protection under the 1964 Wilderness Act.

Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council ramps up opposition to mountain bike trail plan
New South Wales-Dec 18, 2018 – A plan to create an 82km network of mountain bike trails on Mount Keira, … will have the least significant environmental and culture impact.”

No Mountain Bike Park for the Illawarra Escarpment SCA – make a submission
New South Wales-21 December 2018 Proposed maze of Bike Tracks at Mt Kiera – from the Bike Concept Plan Read the Colong … is a champion for Nature Needs Half · Applying ‘Nature Needs Half’ in Australia … I oppose the draft Mountain Bike Strategy and associated Bike Concept Plan … The clearing on the scale proposed of rainforest and other ecologically .

Submission – Mt Caboola Mountain Bike Trails (docx)
New South Wales-Whilst I feel that mountain biking is pursuit to be encouraged under normal … The conservation significance of Mount Canobolas SCA … that the economic value of such an enterprise to Orange has been over estimated. … that could further increase the environmental impacts and conflicts between different park users.

Illegal trails: Investigation into mountain bike paths on Mount Canobolas
Sep 27, 2018 – Reports paths have been used by motorbikes and mountain bikes. … Illegal trails: New South Wales-Investigation into mountain bike paths on Mount Canobolas … A group of Orange bushwalkers discovered the paths in the mountain’s State …

Mountain bike tourism beats a path to Mount Canobolas, but boom could have conservation downsides
New South Wales-Sep 3, 2018 – With Derby, Meydena, Mount Buller and Falls Creek well established in the global mountain biking tourism boom, central west New South Wales is stepping up with a proposal for a 63-kilometre trail network on Orange’s Mount Canobolas. … A 1672-hectare state conservation area (SCA), Mt ..

Mount Canobolas Mountain Biking Trails
New South Wales-Mount Canobolas is more for the Gravity Orientated with its peak at 1395m above sea level. … Mt Conobolas MTB – Goat Gully – Orange NSW. trail: Goat Gully.

Can you build a mountain bike trail without damaging the environment?
Tasmania-Aug 30, 2018 – Earlier this year, Hack brought you the story of Derby, in Tasmania’s … Just an hour down the road from Derby is St Helens, where triple j’s One Night Stand will kick off on Saturday. … The St Helens mountain bike trails is a two-part development. … and there’s going to be significant environmental impacts

Tasmanian Premier weighs in on mountain bike death, promising all safety standards will be met
Tasmania-May 17, 2018 Maydena Bike Park in the Derwent Valley.

Mountain bikers concerned for unique habitat
New South Wales-Sep 25, 2016 – One group of cyclists says they will not use the Mount Canobolas mountain bike trail centre if it proceeds.

Mountain Bikes a Trojan Horse in National Parks
Worldwide-Aug 18, 2016 – They are the end result of a century of conservation horse trading. The list of impacts and conflicts associated with mountain biking keeps .

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