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Public Participation Meeting Promotes Mountain Bike Trails Plan at Ramat Hanadiv

מפגש שיתוף ציבור הרוכבים בנושא תכנון שבילי אופניים ברמת הנדיב

Under the new partnership for regional sustainability initiated by Ramat Hanadiv, last Friday (November 27th), a group of local mountain bike riders meet with Ramat Hanadiv representatives to talk about the needs and intentions of both sides.

The aim of the meeting was to update the management plans and regulations regarding mountain bike activities inside Ramat Hanadiv's Nature Park area together with the local riders' community. The land managers raised the issue of maintaining the delicate balance between man, nature and environment, as stated in Ramat Hanadiv's mission statement. 

This initiative started a few years ago, when the site management realized that the mountain bikes have become a significant segment of the park's users, while the park policy and regulation regarding this activity are blurred. Officially, mountain bikes are allowed to use all 4X4 service roads ("double tracks") and are restricted from hiking trails dedicated for pedestrian hiking only. However, in practice, many mountain bikers ride on the hiking trails ("singles"), and others create new, unauthorized trails ("piratic singles"), endangering their own personal safety and crating disturbance to natural habitats and wildlife. It is possible that many mountain bikers are not aware of these regulations and consequences, leading to conflicts between the riders and land managers.

In order to minimize these conflicts, Ramat Hanadiv aims to facilitate effective community planning, to adjust the park trails to the rider's needs, in addition to better communication and implementation. 

 

Kemi Zrihan-Heler, a freelance planner and a local mountain bike rider herself, provided a glimpse of the current and future planned bike trails of the region. Oded Caspi revealed the new planned Israel Bike Trail, which will pass through Ramat Hanadiv, using the future setting. 
As a reference to the discussion, the architect and bike trail planner, Otto Fridman, presented to the audience a preliminary draft of a possible bike trail route, combining 4X4 and single segments, cross Ramat Hanadiv Nature Park. The final plan will need to enhance riding experience while setting a good example of environmentally sound and socially responsible off-road cycling.    

 

Despite the initial concern of some of the participants, the meeting was conducted in a friendly atmosphere, and the discussions that arose were informative and trust building. 
Without going into technical details, one can say that the local bikers community, judging from those who attended, is a high quality group that appreciates and values nature and is not interested in seeing more of it disappear for the sake of another challenging bit of  single trail.
As a result of the meeting, more adaptations need to be made before the  plan for the bike routes will move to the practical stages during the coming year.

 

 

 

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