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No more relaxed bushwalking in Tidbinbilla

By Zan - 6 January 2013 28

Whilst reading Tim the Yowie Man in yesterday’s Canberra Times I was horrified to see that the powers that be are changing some trails in the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve to be shared by bicyclists. We can no longer walk in Mt Stromlo, so now they want Tidbinbilla.

Roos better watch out – they do not have bells on their bikes.

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No more relaxed bushwalking in Tidbinbilla
Zan 8:07 pm 06 Jan 13

Read all about it here http://www.tidbinbilla.com.au/

I am not anti bikes as I own two of my own. I am anti hoon bikers taking over everything.

I agree with the comment below that is the problem both in the nature reserve and on shared foot/bike paths.

birder said :

Look, we love hanging out on the trails in Tidbinbilla with our 5 year old. She is all over the trail, spotting a bug here and a flower there. The idea of having cyclists racing down the paths at high speeds is more than a bit of a turn off. I am not anti-cycling by any means but find that a small but meaningful percentage of cyclists behave recklessly around pedestrians. I don’t know what the plans are, but I do hope some trails are left to hikers only.

c_c™ 6:29 pm 06 Jan 13

Forget seeing any wildlife then, bikes do a great job scaring them off compared to people on foot.

And I wonder how much this is costing taxpayers? No doubt the public liability insurance will take bio riders into account, just as they’ve had to with hunters: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/environment/conservation/walkers-pay-price-for-hunters-20130105-2c9xh.html

milkman 4:37 pm 06 Jan 13

A bunch of tracks will be open riding? Cool.

Deref 4:18 pm 06 Jan 13

Bugger the bicycles – when do the shooters arrive?

patrick_keogh 4:17 pm 06 Jan 13

Zan, you are making a mountain out of a molehill. AFAIK only sixty seven walkers have been killed in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve by lunatic cyclists riding without bells on their bikes.

I personally have not killed any but I have certainly explored many of the firetrail-quality tracks in the nature reserve by MTB. I can particularly recommend the ride into the nature reserve via Laurel Camp Road and then Tidbinbilla Range Road from the north. A little steep in places but spectacular views, far from the maddening crowds, with only the sounds of bushwalkers ringing their bells as they overtake.

birder 4:04 pm 06 Jan 13

Look, we love hanging out on the trails in Tidbinbilla with our 5 year old. She is all over the trail, spotting a bug here and a flower there. The idea of having cyclists racing down the paths at high speeds is more than a bit of a turn off. I am not anti-cycling by any means but find that a small but meaningful percentage of cyclists behave recklessly around pedestrians. I don’t know what the plans are, but I do hope some trails are left to hikers only.

gazket 3:51 pm 06 Jan 13

it’s so scary and horrifying. you should see a counsellor so you sren’t scared for life

Girt_Hindrance 3:37 pm 06 Jan 13

I also loved the way the article wound up by recommending the Roo on the menu.
Awesome.

poetix 3:31 pm 06 Jan 13

If there is some award for consistency in trolling, Zan should get it. With bells on.

Postalgeek 3:19 pm 06 Jan 13

I can only echo what Deckard says; thanks for bringing the trails to our attention. I’ll check them out next week.

Roundhead89 3:11 pm 06 Jan 13

What? Tim’s column was in the CT yesterday? But the previous week he said he’d be taking a break down the coast and his column would not appear this week.

Deckard 2:54 pm 06 Jan 13

Excellent! Thanks Zan for bringing these new tracks to my attention. Will have to head out there on the bike and check a few of them out. *ding ding*

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 2:13 pm 06 Jan 13

Why can’t you share?

Ben_Dover 1:48 pm 06 Jan 13

The Cycle Nazis, there’s no escaping them, they have right of way.

Antagonist 12:47 pm 06 Jan 13

I think I might be missing the message here, Zan. Tim did not talk about changing any trails, but he did talk about establishing/exploring them?

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