(Rock & Rolla Biking Group at Kent Ridge Bike Park - 9th March, 2013 )
Singapore Trail Adoption Program (TAP) was initiated by MTB veteran Jeff Ng with support from National Park to allow mountain biking groups to take ownership of the trails. The objectives are to maintain sustainable trails, educate users and provide feedback to stakeholders. HM Lim, an expert in trail building volunteered as adviser to ensure trails are built in a sustainable manner. With the formation of Mountain Bike Association of Singapore (MBASG) in 2013, it is natural to synergize TAP with MBASG so that the new entity can better serve the mountain biking community in Singapore. Currently, some of the trails are adopted by the following mountain biking groups, namely: (i) Kent Ridge Mounain Biking Trail by Ride Brothers & ACS(I); (ii) Zhenghua Mini Bike Park by Tropikaza; and (iii) Gangsa Hill by Se7en. The intention of this article is to share with readers the experiences gained and thoughts for getting involved in Singapore trail work.
After a quick breakfast at 97 Pasir Panjang Road, the team were briefed by HM Lim on the safety aspect of trail building.
Raymond thought, "Tell me earlier mah! Dug for nothing..."
Although trail building could be done more efficiently with the right machineries, getting riders to hand build the trails will cultivate a sense of ownership and appreciation of the trails. Trails that are built in a sustainable manner can last a long time without much maintenance. Illegally build trails without due consideration not only destroy the environment but poses hazard to users as well. Hopefully, with the right education and involvement, we are able to protect, improve and expand our trail networks in Singapore!