FULL credit to Newcastle for having a mountain bike park in close proximity to a populated city ("Glenrocked" Herald 30/7).
But the decision to close trails is ridiculous.
Why do people turn a blind eye to thousands of hectares of bushland being destroyed for more housing but when someone wants to ride a bike on some trails in the beautiful bush it is frowned on.
The area is an old mine site; let's not get all green about it now.
No one respects the bush more than the majority of mountain bikers or bush walkers.
Reducing the area that can be ridden just condenses the traffic flow and hence increases erosion.
Yes, riding a bike on dirt does cause erosion but with the great work being done by groups such as Glenrock Trail alliance it can be maintained and made a sustainable area for all to enjoy.
One of the alternatives is riding on the road and we all know how popular that is with motorists.
Shann Lister, Merewether