BELROSE BIKE PARK
It's been close to 10 years since the idea of a mountain bike park at Belrose WMC was first slated as a long-term replacement for the freeride trails at Oxford Falls. After something of a "false start", TrailCare has stepped in to closely work with WAMC and other authorities to ensure the project heads towards a sustainable solution that is appropriate for the user group and authorities alike. The dream of a local "mini-Whistler" is still alive.
NSW STATE MTB STRATEGY
In addition to the Functional Trail Network project, TrailCare is assisting NSW State Government with the formulation of a MTB strategy document. Most other states have had such a document in place for several years, and this has been instrumental in a number of high-profile projects such as Melrose in Adelaide, and Derby in Tasmania. Here in NSW, we continue to fall further and further behind the rest of Australia, and the rest of the world. TrailCare believes that a strategy document will go a long way towards enabling NSW to accelerate the closure of that gap, and take advantage of health, social and tourism benefits associated with riding bikes in the bush.
FUNCTIONAL TRAIL NETWORK
In 2015, TrailCare formulated a business case for a 120km functional trail network in Northern Sydney, using data from Strave which showed over 5 million kilometres of rides being logged locally in a 12 month period. Using the TfNSW Economics Manual, we've been able to demonstrate, on a highly conservative assessment, that delivering 120km of formal trails (ideally using current unofficial trails as a basis) would provide a Benefit Cost Ratio of between 4 and 6. Typically, any number great than 1 is enough to get government excited, and the strength of TrailCare's case has resulted in the Premier facilitating introductions and meetings with a number of key state ministers.
BANTRY BAY TRAILS
TrailCare's biggest success to date has the Gahnia and Serrata trails in Bantry Bay, constructed as a pilot program under NPWS policy that was heavily influenced by TrailCare. Now, we're working on setting up procedures to make sure the trails are looked after properly into the future, and liaising with Council towards the formalisation of the volunteer-constructed Mistress/Daisy Duke link trails