Pooper’s actions cause stink
There’s anger among cyclists after apparently human excrement was left on a track designed to showcase the Tasman landscape.
Richmond man Geoff Cameron was cycling along the Pugh Rd section of the Great Taste Trail in Hope on Saturday morning, with five other people, when they made the discovery.
‘‘We’d just left our friend’s place and got onto the track ... and sitting slap bang in the middle of the track was this pile of faeces.
‘‘It wasn’t dog poo because you could see that someone’s used a tissue, and left the tissue there.’’
Cameron, who cycled the section of track most weekends, said he had never encountered such a thing. He described the culprit as a low-life.
‘‘Why would anyone do it? It’s a very open section of the road there, they could have even gone over to the other side of the road, close to some bushes and done it in there, that would be disgusting enough.
‘‘But to do it so blatantly in the open, it beggars belief.’’
The Great Taste Trail is a 175-kilometre loop cycle and walkway through Nelson, Wakefield, the Motueka Valley and Mapua.
Trail manager Josh Aldridge described the incident as ‘‘pretty disgusting’’ and ‘‘unnecessary’’.
It was the first time he had heard of such an occurrence.
Aldridge said there were plenty of toilet stops available for people using the track.
‘‘There’s probably places to stop every 10, 15 kilometres on the Great Taste Trail. It’s not a back country trail.’’
‘‘Hopefully they can hold on until they find somewhere suitable.’’
Aldridge said the Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust had a maintenance contract with Tasman District Council to maintain the track.
He hadn’t been notified about Saturday’s discovery, as it wasn’t reported through those channels, he said.
Any such incident should be reported to the council’s service desk or through www.heartofbiking.org.nz
The Great Taste Trail at Ruby Bay, Tasman, and trail manager Josh Aldridge, below.