Trail Proposal Development

This section shows trails within the country parks that could be open to mountain biking activities

 

 

 

The AFCD faces three problems and they would like to see them resolved.

 

- Trail erosion on DH sections

- Reduction of contact between hikers and bikers on the existing trails

- Eliminate illegal trail riding

 

 HKMBA has demonstrated that the existing trail network is woefully inadequate both in terms of quantity and design and thus is at the root of the problems.

 

Separate DH sections and XC sections that allow for continuous, and concentric loops with their own points of single entry/exit would dramatically improve the situation in the park.

 

The concept we promote and continue to promote with AFCD and all entities, both govn't and non govn't, is that a well designed MTB trail system will benefit a wide audience and reduce conflicts and trail destruction. We are not so much asking for "more" trails but better designed networks of trails. By using existing "underutilized" trails we can solve a problem and in such a way that has very little impact on the existing ecosystems.

 

We have also stressed that concrete does not constitute a mountain bike trail as is the case in so much of Hong Kong. 

 

HKMBA has identified areas within the park that could be utilized to expand the trail network and have mimimum impact on hikers and the terrain itself.

 

Based on this concept HKMBA is putting togeter three proposals.

 

1- Plan to divert and repair damaged DH sections

2- Find alternative routes to divert MTB traffic within existing framework of trials

3- Develop a comprehensive plan to build a sustainable XC course that can be used by a wider variety of riders.

 

We will begin work on these items immidiatey.

 

In addition we will approach other organizations within HK to obtain funds to run these projects.

 

We will also need to begin to lobby the people who sit on the board of AFCD. Theser are civilicans who have a vote on what projects move forward, they are not AFCD employees but represent the community interests.

 

As always we need your help in doing all this. We have 4 of us working on it right now and need more hands to get this done.

 

This is all really possible but we need to keep up the momentum and all help out....

 

Bob Smith

Chairman

HKMBA

Ideas to improve our relationship with hikers!

Mountain bikers are perceived very negatively by other trail users. Our only way to get new trails and to ride in the Country Parks is to be very respectful of others on the trail

Remember:Every single incident has a disastrous effect for Hong Kong mountain biking development.
Here are some ideas to improve our relationship with the hiking community.

Rules of the Trails

The way we ride today shapes mountain bike trail access tomorrow. Do your part to preserve and enhance our sport's access and image by observing the following rules of the trail, formulated by IMBA, the International Mountain Bicycling Association. These rules are recognized around the world as the standard code of conduct for mountain bikers. IMBA's mission is to promote mountain bicycling that is environmentally sound and socially responsible.

New roads to developing sustainable trails

The future for managed mountain biking in Hong Kong country parks will likely see additional development of a mountain bike trail networks.

Work has begun to work with AFCD in both Tai Lam Country Park and Lantau Country park to expand the trail networks to possibly include forest tracks for beginners and families, off-road cross-country trails for more experienced bikers and downhill and free-ride trail options, all of which branch-out from a central starting location, (such as the car park at Route Twisk), multiple exit points at the Gold Coast, Tai Tong and Ho Pui. It is possible that this cycling ‘hub’ will also provide value added services such as restaurant/café, van hire for shuttle runs, bike wash facilities rental and repair facilities.

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