Blimey that got some quick responses.
The main parts of my initial post were
1. 'Find out what you're local council is up to before it's too late!'
If you do nothing then some of your favourite singletrack could disappear.
and 2 (j_me, poly). 'An example' of a great trail due to be 'improved' is the Ciaran Path.
As I said, 'We've already lost a great trail in the Aberdeen council area.'
I agree that all too often path "improvements" make them pretty boring for us, but there are other users, eg wheelchairs, elderly walkers, etc, and there's plenty more Scotland to ride.'
I appreciate that but in this area no one was representing mtb. There has to be a compromise. What about your closest or most accessable trails? see 1.
The core paths network is a few of the most important and heavily used paths being maintained and repaired. (Not true in this area)
Heavily engineered paths will mellow and blend in with the scenery in time.
(In this area, 7ft wide grey paths?)
this will only apply to a small % of paths anyway.
(Probably your favourite ones, see 1.)
Get involved and try to get your voice heard but don't be hysterical about it.
(No ones getting hysterical TJ but I am trying to get MTB represented in this area with success so far, you?)
'CaptainMainwaring - Member
Improvement does not necessarily mean ruining it for MTB'ers. In heavily populated areas they may put in "grey motorways" because of the volume of traffic but in the more remote areas they are more likely to be small paths with water bars, and use any natural rocks. I can think of loads of built paths that are brilliant to ride and are much better than the eroded, boggy mess that they would be otherwise'
My experience does not support this view unfortunately. see 1.
bigjim - Member
I worked on producing the Edinburgh Core Paths Plan so know a bit about this. I think the OP has got the wrong end of the stick and needs to read a bit more before getting upset and posting.
(I'm not 'upset and posting'. This is a notice to you all FYI, what you do about it is up to you. I am now involved in any future core paths plans in this area)
I can't see where it says the Ciaran Path is going to be replaced with a 7ft road because of the core paths plan?'
(This is an example, see 1.)
gonefishin, trail_rat, messiah
Yeah, thats the one. Used to be a great singletrack downhill from the top of Elrick hill, now a 7ft wide grey 'road' which in places is far too steep for wheelchair access if that was their plan. The reason for the width was because the plant they used needed it, JCB probably.
I'm now in touch with the Core Paths committee as is the chairman of one of our biggest mtb groups in the area. They appreciated our comments regarding the 'improvement' of this path and realised that it was inappropriate for such a rural area.
Only support from Grum and kaesae, thanks guys. Everyone else is quite happy to potentially loose their local trails or have them 'improved'. I'm quite shocked by that and the generally slightly hostile response from most of you.
This is a FYI post. I dont give a $%^& if you loose your local trails. But at least find out if there's anything planned and your happy about it, rather that than moan after they're gone. It's up to you.