Mike Moore, chairman of local mountain bike group TROG, who use Tunstall and Rendlesham forests, said: “Previous experience shows us that when private landowners come in they close car parks and make access as difficult as possible. What protections will be there to stop it happening again?”
There was a useful study done in 2003 in New Zealand which details the impact of Mountain Biking, drawing the conclusion they cause no more adverse affect on the land than walkers (and, oddly enough, horses). This is an important study for all 3 parties, as it implies access levels should be the same for all.
Study into the impact of Mountain Biking