Public Participation Meeting Promotes Mountain Bike Trails Plan at Ramat Hanadiv
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.