The Greens respond
As some of you may be aware, I had emailed the NSW office's of 6 different Partys last sunday night. I have recieved my first and only responce so far from the Greens. Below is a copy and paste from the attached word document.
Do the Greens approve mountain biking as a safe outdoor recreational sport?
There are a number dangers to mountain biking. In particular, mountain biking is unsafe on poorly constructed (usually illegal) tracks. We believe that if mountain bike paths maintain best practice, including an appropriate path width and recognition of possible hazards such as blind corners, mountain bike riding can be a safe activity.
Are the Greens aware of the huge growth in mountain biking as a recreational and social activity and as such the increasing need to provide legal areas for riding?
The Greens NSW are aware that all types of cycling, not just mountain bike riding, are increasing in NSW.
Does the Greens believe mountain biking can be environmentally friendly?
Best practices, as defined by the International Mountain Bicycling Association, need to be observed. Sustainable trail design, construction and maintenance are critical to this activity being environmentally friendly.
Are the Greens aware new trails can be built in a sustainable manner to an international standard?
We urge that any trails that are constructed must comply with these guidelines. The Greens NSW strongly discourages the use of tracks that are damaging to the environment, either through the crushing of vegetation or soil erosion. Any new mountain biking trails need to be well managed and subject to environmental assessment.
Is the Greens familiar with the NPWS Mountain Biking Discussion Paper?
Yes. The Greens NSW believes that mountain bike riding in National Parks should be limited to areas that are not sensitive to environmental damage, where the location is suitable, and environmental impacts can be managed.
Lower House Campaign Coordinator
My 2 cents, I am not a Greens fan and have never voted for them but I do applaud the Greens for responding, getting in first and answering every question I gave them. I have checked out thier web site and thier polocies sound decent. I find thier responce to my questionaire very straight and by the book. It gives me the impression that they could vote for legal trails after scrutinising every last detail.
What are your thoughts?