I'm having a real problem up here at Drumlanrig with riders ignoring the diversion signs and tape put out by the ranger service.
I've been rebuilding some of the wetter parts of the red and black trails and the trail bed really needs time to settle and dry out before being ridden.
It's really quite simple, if you dig a big lump of stoney but wet mineral soil out of the ground and lay it on the trail, even once whacked in, it's still very soft. The moisture content needs to seep out and settle all the fine wee dusty stones into a water proof solid mass. Ride across the top with a skinny wheeled vehicle and you sink in and move all the structural bigger stones to the side and create a groove which runs counter to the drain line. This traps water and lengthens the process of drying but will also trap water every time it rains and more importantly because the big stones are moved to the side it will weaken the trail for ever.
OK so last week I dug two sections of new trail into a piece of the network that everybody moans is wet and a bit muddy. We closed the trail. Over the weekend at least 20 riders have ignored the diversion and I had to spend a couple of hours re shaping and whacking the trail into a good shape, or as said above it'll be weak for ever.
The ignored sign is pretty clear to me; it says "MTB Trail Diversion " followed by a big directional arrow, under which is written " This section of trail is currently under going re-construction work. Please follow this diversion until further notice." then the rangers service phone number etc.
There is also red and white tape across the trail.
OK singletrack massive, I'd like suggestions of what the sign SHOULD say to keep the selfish c0cks off the trail so that I don't have to keep going back time and time again fixing work in the pishing rain that I've already done.
Honestly, what can we write that will stop riders just riding past diversions and creating more work and hassle for the people who are trying to sort the stuff out that they moan about like wet trail FFS!!!.
Why do mountain bikers think they can ignore signs any how?