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3 hours ago, Mysteron said:

Whatever vision the Government has for the island's cyclists/ramblers etc, when it is 'completed' will it give the island any discernible advantage or unique selling point over what the UK currently has to offer?

This is a great place to work from. Improving our outdoors facilities will make it even better.

Someone else mentioned upgrading the public transport so that it can also carry bikes. That's a great idea too.

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4 hours ago, Roxanne said:

I promise you she did. Over the course of a year, it's perfectly possible to devise a route that covers the paths in sections. You're right tho - she was let go on the premise that the public would do the reporting - some of them do I'm sure, but whether anything gets done about it now is another question.

There already is a kind of club, only without a name and without sit down meeting and agendas.  Most of the walkers I know carry a pair of secateurs in their pocket or their backpack. Just cutting through a few brambles at this time of year can make a huge difference but there are sections of the Raad ny Foillian (for example(that are now impassable due to over growth and landslides.

You can bet your life that if the Raad my Foillian route was made so that bikes can use it then there'd be no problem with vegetation overgrowth!

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2 hours ago, Chris C said:

Surely the whole point of riding a mountain bike is that you ride it on rough terrain?

Have you ever tried? Rough terrain yes but most green lanes are too bad (massive stones) to keep momentum on. If I had tyres the size of a trail bike and suspension travel to match and....an engine then yes.

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8 minutes ago, Happier diner said:

Have you ever tried? Rough terrain yes but most green lanes are too bad (massive stones) to keep momentum on. If I had tyres the size of a trail bike and suspension travel to match and....an engine then yes.

That sort of begs the question then of what sort of tracks do mountain bikers want? I've watched some MTB stuff live and on the telly and they're negotiating massive stones in lots of places, and at a considerable rate of knots at times.

It reads like you want tracks smooth and surfaced; these things do already exist, they're called roads (although some of them are a bit rough at present).

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2 hours ago, Andy Onchan said:

You can bet your life that if the Raad my Foillian route was made so that bikes can use it then there'd be no problem with vegetation overgrowth!

But the Raad would surely become even more susceptible to landslips.

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27 minutes ago, Happier diner said:

Have you ever tried? Rough terrain yes but most green lanes are too bad (massive stones) to keep momentum on. If I had tyres the size of a trail bike and suspension travel to match and....an engine then yes.

And you think banning trail bikes would cause the massive stones to disappear?

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19 hours ago, monasqueen said:

But the Raad would surely become even more susceptible to landslips.

Very probably but the point I was making is that anything with two or more wheels seems to get priority over Shanks's Pony when it comes to road infrastructure. We're still waiting for the DOI to turn up and resurface a pavement area near to our home that was damaged by one of their diggers some two years ago.

The TT course and now cycling lanes and the promenade have complete priority over 'normal' road maintenance. With the TT course it's always been like that but the new projects involving two wheels (on or off road) is now added to reasons as to why normal roads and pavements don't really get the maintenance that's needed. 

DOI Project after DOI project is started but regular maintenance seems to be someone else's problem to sort out with no apparent budget either.

It's an omnishambles. 

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