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dc.contributor.authorPickering, Catherineen_US
dc.contributor.authorCastley, Guyen_US
dc.contributor.authorHill, Wendyen_US
dc.contributor.authorNewsome, Daviden_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-24T12:39:48Z
dc.date.available2017-04-24T12:39:48Z
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.date.modified2010-09-03T07:20:29Z
dc.identifier.issn01692046en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.landurbplan.2010.04.012en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/33228
dc.description.abstractMountain biking is a popular activity in urban areas, including in forest remnants in Australia cities. To increase the technical challenge for riders, trail technical features such as jumps, bridges, mounds and ditches, along with informal trails are often constructed without authorisation. We assessed the social, environmental and management challenges associated with the presence of such features, developed a method for assessing them, and then used this method to examine them in an endangered forest within the Gold Coast in Australia. In a 29 ha remnant of Blackbutt (Eucalyptus pilularis) forest there were 116 unauthorised features, mostly jumps, ditches and mounds, which collectively resulted in an area of 1601 m2 of bare soil and 4010 m2 of undergrowth cleared. Features differed in their size, construction materials used, and their impacts on the environment. Although nearly two thirds had low to moderate safety, most were in moderate to good condition, had fall zones and optional routes for riders. Management options for land managers, in this case a publicly funded University, include (1) feature removal and site rehabilitation, (2) conversion to official features, (3) removal and provision of an alternative location for official features, or (4) maintain the status quo. There are social, financial and environmental benefits and limitations to each of these options highlighting that unauthorised trail technical features are a challenge for planners and managers that often have no easy solution.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherElsevier BVen_US
dc.publisher.placeNetherlandsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom58en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto67en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue1en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalLandscape and Urban Planningen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume97en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental Impact Assessmenten_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental Managementen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchLand Use and Environmental Planningen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode050204en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode050205en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode120504en_US
dc.titleEnvironmental, safety and management issues of unauthorised trail technical features for mountain bicyclingen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Sciences, Griffith School of Environmenten_US
gro.date.issued2010
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text


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