Freedom Dirt Jumps: Urgent Action Needed
Despite Fiday's Manly Daily article indicating that consultation with the Freedom Dirt Jump riders was underway, it appears the bureaucrats may be planning a pre-emptive strike.
Perimeter fencing, star pickets and orange construction mesh have gone up during the day on Friday, and it is thought that demolition is imminent.
While some may disparage the Freedom riders for unauthorised trail construction, the thing we need to bear in mind is this: they have already tried working with Manly Council, and it didn't work.
In a number of critical aspects, their input was ignored. The result at The Grove is unsuitable, flows poorly, and in a number of key areas is higher risk to users than the unauthorised facility it replaced. Trail flow is crucial to safe DJ riding, as are well-defined take-off ramp lips to setting the correct trajectory. The Grove site is deficient in both areas. The second was requested and apparently flatly refused by the council risk consultant, ignoring input from the appropriate subject matter experts - the riders themselves.
Here is the Manly Daily article from last Friday:
There have been several claims reportedly made by Council regarding the Freedom site:
1: It is uninsurable
* What then about skate parks, which share many of the features Council is most concerned about?
* How do the other NSW councils like Wyong and Blue Mountains then deal with it for their own Dirt Jumps??
2: There have been reports of injuries to Council already
* Comment attributed to Henry Wong. Sounds like BS. Given his track record I'll be checking up on this on Monday.
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