Trash Free Trails Goes On UK Tour

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Trash Free Trails is going on a UK tour to clear up litter from UK trail centres and it needs your help…

Trash Free Trails is a volunteer-led organisation dedicated to clearing (and keeping) litter off our trail centres and bridleways. With its founding sharing parallels (and people) with the Surfers Against Sewage movement, it hopes to make a difference to the trails, while instilling a sense of responsibility in riders who use them.

To officially launch the organisation, which has been working in the background since 2017, it is organising a UK tour of trail centres and forest trails this April and inviting people to get involved.

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This could be you…

“Our trails are under pressure like never before and, as mountain bikers, it is our duty to protect and conserve them. Join us in taking action this spring and help us take a huge step towards cleaner, greener trails” – Dom Ferris and Ben Gaby – Trash Free Trails.

More than just a litter pick.
Beginning with a bang at the iconic BikePark Wales venue on April 13th, Trash Free Trails will launch its epic road-trip with a unique mix of #TRASHMOB trail clean-ups, rubbish rides, plastic pollution education activities, comedy consultation games and honest and open conversations with mountain bikers about the ever increasing amounts of litter on our trails.

The organisation is also hoping to to the first survey of trail litter too. This will help determine where the litter comes from and what can be done to reduce it at source.

Long time Trek athlete Tracy Moseley is adding her voice to the cause and is calling for riders to join the Trash Free Trails movement this spring;

“I am so happy to see the work that Trash Free Trails are doing to help make people aware and encourage them to remove litter from their favourite riding spots. I’m looking forward to heading to my local Spring Trail Clean Tour event and I know the TFT guys would be so grateful if you could too!” – Tracy says.

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The UK tour is supported by Trek, BPW and Stance

#Trashfreetrails Spring Clean Tour
With trail cleans taking place from Bristol to the Scottish Borders there’s sure to be an event near you (unless you live in the South East…). Check-out the list below or head to www.trashfreetrails.org and sign-up so that you can help make a difference.

  • South Wales – Bikepark Wales – 13TH April @ 11AM – 2PM
  • Bristol – Leigh Woods – 14TH April @ 5PM – 8PM
  • North Wales – Coed y Brenin – 15TH April @ 11AM – 2PM
  • North Wales – Coed Llandegla – 17TH April @ 5PM – 8PM
  • Sheffield – Lady Cannings – 18TH April @ 5PM – 8PM
  • North Yorkshire – Dalby Forest – 20TH April @ 11AM – 2PM
  • Lake District – Grizedale Forest – 21ST April @ 11AM – 2PM
  • Scottish Borders – Innerleithen, Transcend/Tweedlove Festival – 9TH June

Instagram – @trashfreetrails / Facebook – trashfreetrails

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An all-too common problem, wherever in the country you are.

 

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (3)

    Brilliant work folks.
    I half filled a rucksack of only gel wrappers and four crushed plastic bottles around Dalby last week.
    FFs, do you really need a gel while riding a trail centre?

    Awesome work – even needed in the wilds, unfortunately. Still cannot understand someone walking/riding onto Dartmoor to experience the great outdoors and then leaving plastic bottles, crisp packets, gel wrappers and bar wrappers. Seriously though!

    Maybe a law is needed such that any food wrapper or bottle which is intended to be, or is likely to be, consumed outdoors must be biodegradable.

    No idea how to get the idea into peoples heads not to chuck stuff away in the first place…

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