The FC not charging for trail centres is certainly not getting sometihng for nothing! They're getting the collective permission of the country to cover large swathes of it with pine forests and then cut it down and flog.
would you pay? (Trail Centres)
As I mentioned earlier - I still can't see why it's any different from a municipal park
They supply & maintain lots of different areas for various activities, playgrounds, Bowling greens, skateparks etc. all for no direct cost to the user
I don't associate a parking charge with using the facilities so don't have a problem paying that.
I suspect that the FC get quite a good return from the leases of on-site bike shops & I also suspect none of it goes to maintaining the bike trails even though the only customers to use them are there to use the trails.
Look at Golf courses... now they can range form cheap municipal to extortionate private clubs... if you wanted to ride the best then I'm sure you'd happily pay (more bang for your buck as the yanks would say). BTW - you'd still have bridleways for free
Personally, if I had Rotorua on my doorstep and I had to buy a permit I would - no questions asked, but if I had llandegla on my doorstep I'd have to seriously question buying a day pass. Its a question of quality - I'm not sure we've quite reached critical mass here yet.
LOL @ DickBarton
I apologised to my bike after riding at Llandegla today.
Like stevenmenmuir at Glentress, you can also get a free dalby pass if you do a few dig days For SingletrAction
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