Off-road­ers con­trib­ute sweat eq­uity

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT -

Over the past weeks there have been sev­eral let­ters pub­lished de­plor­ing gov­ern­ment sup­port for all-ter­rain ve­hi­cles. If my mem­ory serves, it was the ATV as­so­ci­a­tion that ap­proached gov­ern­ment to put the $40 sur­charge on off-high­way ve­hi­cle li­cences for the par­tic­u­lar pur­pose of recre­ational trail im­prove­ments.

In ad­di­tion to this, ATV users spend many hours of vol­un­teer time clear­ing back brush, re­mov­ing dead­falls, in­stalling bridges and cul­verts, and do­ing other work aimed at trail im­prove­ment.

And ATV users rec­og­nize the rights of oth­ers to use the trails.

Now I ask the cy­clists and hik­ers: What have they con­trib­uted to the trails? Do they even carry out their own trash? Have they stooped to pick that dead­fall from the trail, or snipped that low branch? How of­ten do they join a bridg­ing party?

In Syd­ney the res­i­dents near the Baille Ard sub­di­vi­sion have spent much time and money de­vel­op­ing recre­ational trails on a piece of gov­ern­ment land and now are ad­vo­cat­ing for the area to be­come a pro­vin­cial park. Main­te­nance costs would there­fore be­come a pro­vin­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity. What the source of funds for construction was I don’t know, but I won­der if some of it was not grant money. Good luck to them. At least they con­trib­uted labour.

How much did our com­plain­ers do? If they don’t want to share the trails, let them stick to the multi-mil­lion-dol­lar board­walk. D.B. Mor­ri­son Mor­ri­son Road

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