Strong argument for sharing the trails
As a long-term resident of Margaret River, I read with interest last week’s article on mountain bike riders and walking trails (Biking battlelines drawn, 11/08).
I walk and cycle into town regularly via the Barrett Street forest with my wife and my seven-year-old and 12-year-old as an alternative to taking the busy Willmott Avenue.
Interestingly enough, in all of the years of the creation of the Hairy Marron Cafe and d the new tracks — a godsend to what remained for many years a wasted beautiful patch of town — I have not once in all of those trips been forced off any tracks by bike riders. The widening g of the track, in my eyes, is so minimal, , as a greenie I was not at allllall offended by this. There would be a strong argument to continue to have these tracks as multipurpose for w walkers, joggers and c cyclists unless, at s some stage, sharing t the track becomes a r real problem rather th than a perception.
Richard Todd Margaret River