As a result, we’ve not only managed to construct hard-wearing, fun trails in Greno Woods and Lady Canning’s Plantation but also maintain them in spite of an astronomical level of use. We’ve also wielded shovels on Blackamoor, the Eastern Moors and Rivelin Valley in order to help land managers such as the Sheffield Wildlife Trust keep their bridleways in top condition. Much of this has been done with volunteer labour but, on occasion, we have had to rely on the professional skills of BikeTrack to cope with bigger projects. This has necessitated some expenditure and recently, Alpkit covered the cost of plant needed to complete a project on Blackamoor while BikeTrack provided a digger driver. This kind of support is invaluable to Ride Sheffield and a public relations bonanza for the company involved.
Ride Sheffield and Peak District MTB have been lucky enough to be included in a really exciting nationwide project organised by the BMC – Mend our Mountains. The BMC (British Mountaineering Council) traditionally represented climbers and hill walkers, but are expanding their reach to include other moorland and mountain users, including us mountain bikers! The BMC have achieved so much as a representative body for the outdoors, fighting for the rights of their huge membership base. We’re really rather pleased to be involved in their latest project, we as mountain bike advocacy groups have much to learn from them.
Si headed over to Manchester for a meeting with the BMC, along with Chris from Peak District MTB and representatives from across the UK’s National Parks. Each Park updated the room on their respective projects and we all shared ideas on how best to move forward together. Together being the key word here, as the BMC pull everyone in the same direction. Continue reading
To practice what we preach, we’re making sure that the 2 trails at Lady Canning’s get the TLC they need to last well through the Autumn and Winter. With that in mind, we’ll have another trail day on Saturday 16th September.
We’ll be trimming back some brambles along with a general tidy and check of both trails. All help is welcome, with no experience necessary in this case.
We’ll be meeting at the car park off Sheephill Road at 9.30am, with an aim to finish in time for lunch. Please bring rakes and secateurs/trimmers if you can!
If you’re out for a ride around Canning’s on that Saturday, please watch out for those of us working. We’ll not be closing the trails, so you may find us on either Cooking on Gas or Blue Steel.
You may have seen a few things around town about Cycle September that is being organised by Love to Ride? You may be wondering why you should take part? More info is below…. But basically one of the biggest problems when lobbying for better infrastructure and facilities for cyclists is a lack of data that can be used. By taking part, not only do you get a chance to take part in a fun event, you can also generate useful data that makes things better for cyclists in Sheffield. register your workplace and you will also have the bonus of being able to show your employers the number of cyclists, which is useful in sorting better facilities for those that ride, such as storage and shower. So what are you waiting for?….. Continue reading