Table Mountain National Park MTB Trails - Have Your Say Now

The Environmental Management Plan for the proposed Mountain Bike Trails in the Table Mountain National park are out for public comment and input until 4 May 2016.

In late 2011, a group of interested parties met with Table Mountain National Park to help facilitate an improved and sustainable mountain biking experience in the park where we were presented with a process required to achieve our goals. Quite simply, if we were willing to meet the legislated requirements of a National Park we would have Table Mountain National Park’s support in our endeavours.

We were however warned that this process would take some time to complete and there would be many requirements to fulfil along the way but the end result would be worth the wait.

The requirements of this process:

  1. Constitute as founding members of the user  representative Table Mountain Mountain Bike forum (TMMTB)
  2. Prepare a draft revision of the 2002 Environmental Management Plan for MTB (EMP) and submit to SANParks for review
  3. Working in conjunction with SANParks, finalise the draft document in preparation for public comment
  4. Present document for public review and compile the comment responses before reaching approval

An EMP is a document that manages any activity in this National Park. The mountain biking EMP would set out the terms and guidelines of cycling in the Table Mountain National Park reserve and serve to inform how the activity is managed. It was important to update this document as a first step as the needs of the users had grown since the last version was created in 2002.

The draft revision was subsequently drawn up and submitted by the founding members of the TMMTB forum, all of whom have considerable experience in advocacy and managing mountain biking in the Park. SANParks’ policy is that its core function remain conservation and as such they rely on informants with in-depth knowledge to help guide the specific projects outside of their expertise.

The new document considers the change in technologies and lifestyles that continue to open doors to new riding possibilities. The trend towards commuting indicated the need to providing safe off-road linking route between Tokai and Rhodes Memorial, as well as other areas in the Park that will surely be well received!

The final review of the draft now includes an updated Code of Conduct which comprises both cycling etiquette and compliance requirements to ensure safe, friendly and environmentally responsible cycling, and possibly the most greatly anticipated inclusion, the cycling maps showing existing and proposed routes in the Park.

Important info
The review and comment period:

  • Date open: 4 April 2016
  • Date closed: 4 May 2016


The document is available for review at:

  • Public Libraries - Athlone, Bellville, Cape Town: Central, Claremont, Fish Hoek, Grassy Park, Gugulethu, Hout Bay, Khayelitsha, Langa, Mitchell's Plain Town Centre, Mowbray, Simon’s Town and Tokai

 

  • TMNP offices - Kloof Nek, Tokai Manor, Silvermine and Boulders

 


Link to the 2016 Environmental Management Plan for comment:


Comments can be sent to:

Taken from Tokai MTB News