N3 Gateway gets involved in the 14Km Cradle-to-Cradle MTB Trail
In late 2017, the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site Management Authority awarded a contract to build a 14km mountain bike trail within the road reserve of the D374 and D101 to the N3 Gateway Tourism Association, in partnership with Terra Firma Trail Solutions and CESBE (Pty) Ltd.
The trail build is well under-way, with the majority of the mini-excavator machine work complete. However, large portions of the trail will be hand-crafted during January and February. “We’re pleased with how the trail build is progressing, and it has been encouraging to receive support from the public through emails. However, the trail is not officially open and we are experiencing incidences of keen people riding on sections of the incomplete trail” said Matthew Drew of the N3 Gateway Tourism Association.
“Understandably, enthusiasm levels are high, but we would like to take this opportunity to ask all mountain bikers to please remain off the new sections of the trail until the full 14km build is complete and the trail has been opened. This request is for health and safety reasons, not only for the safety of riders but also for the safety of the trail building team. This trail runs through a road reserve, and as such the building activity is compliant with relevant laws and health and safety regulations” added Drew.
Safety precautions include bright yellow trail closure signs, barricades and barrier tape. If riders come across any of these measures, they are requested to please adhere to rules and regulations and to share the safety information with their friends and others in the riding community. “We’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for riders to know where the trail is closed, as an accident or incident could cause delays to the project, which is something we’re actively trying to avoid,” said Glenn Harrison, senior trail builder on the project.
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