By MEL MARTIN
Wire strung across popular bike trail a potentialdeath trap TRAIL bike rider Martyn Blake knows there are risks to his sport, but riding into barbed wire tied tightly at neck level is not one he's prepared to face.
Mr Blake said two strands of barbed wire were discovered on Friday tied across a popular bike and horse trail at Pine Creek State Forest.
"It's lucky the person who saw them was not going fast and was able to stop in time," Mr Blake said.
"If it had been Saturday morning when there are a lot of riders about, it could have done some serious damage. There could have been a fatality."
The strands of wire seemed to have been strategically placed where they would be hard to see, one of them just past a bend on the trail.
"They were definitely there to cause damage. They were set up in shady areas where you couldn't see them properly," he said.
While Mr Blake acknowledges trail bikes can be noisy, he says that since the establishment of Bongil Bongil National Park, only a narrow corridor remains for riders to reach trails away from houses.
"Unfortunately, this narrow strip does go past houses," he said.
"But the national park is only half a kilometre away from the road, so we have to stick to this area until it widens off to one of the last legal areas fo bikes."
As the area ambassador for the Federation of Off Highway Vehicles Australia (FOHVA), Mr Blake knows all about responsible riding and feels noise problems could be alleviated through a trail network.
"I'd like to see good riding sections selected, away from houses, where the soil won't erode, and even with one-way trails," he said.
"Most bike riders are reasonable. I try to remind riders that people live around here and we've got to respect that."
But he feels it's going too far when people's safety are put at risk, and has reported the find to Forests NSW.
"I'm asking everybody to keep their heads over this. Trail bike riding is a legal form of recreation. This is not the answer."