We need better access and better representation for sure but if you think this attitude[ ignoring all aspects of officialdom and carrying on regardless ]is along term solution that will help us all in the long run they you are deluded
All it shows me is that a reasonable % of the MTB communities attitude to the countryside is **** you I will do as i please.
Its not helpful.
The alternative however is to not go mountain biking. At least not anywhere different or interesting.
I live in an area with a population not unlike Scotland. I can pedal to the other side of the country and barely see another soul. Yet there are very few bridleways and legal rights of way. There are probably no more than a dozen within short local riding distance. And half of them lead into dead ends. I say dead ends, they turn into footpaths. So you can't legally travel from A to B. And this is the issue. You can ride them all in a day.
Meanwhile there are hundreds of public footpaths. They adorn each and every corner. They criss-cross and form an elaborate and impossible to complete network.
When I walk, and when I ride, I do so for the same reasons. I just see a bike as being more efficient. Like many of us I'm a walker and a cyclist. The cycle is nothing but a harmless aid. And so I often take it walking...