Children enjoy new biking challenge near Beaconsfield

Bucks Free Press: Children enjoy new biking challenge Children enjoy new biking challenge

A POPULAR mountain biking course has been a great success in getting younger children more into the sport.

The course started in February and is half way through its five weekly events.

Coach of the group, Buzz Lane, said: “We ran a pilot course last year and there seemed to be enough interest so it is back again now.

"The children seem to really like it; they all seem to be fairly enthusiastic which is exactly what we want from children their age.”

The course for 10-14 year-olds is held in Hodgemoor Wood between Beaconsfield and Amersham.

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3:26am Wed 19 Mar 14

mjvande says...

Introducing children to mountain biking is CRIMINAL. Mountain biking, besides being expensive and very environmentally destructive, is extremely dangerous. Recently a 12-year-old girl DIED during her very first mountain biking lesson! Serious accidents and even deaths are commonplace. Truth be told, mountain bikers want to introduce kids to mountain biking because (1) they want more people to help them lobby to open our precious natural areas to mountain biking and (2) children are too naive to understand and object to this activity. For 400+ examples of serious accidents and deaths caused by mountain biking, see http://mjvande.nfsho
st.com/mtb_dangerous
.htm.

Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1996: http://mjvande.nfsho
st.com/mtb10.htm . It's dishonest of mountain bikers to say that they don't have access to trails closed to bikes. They have EXACTLY the same access as everyone else -- ON FOOT! Why isn't that good enough for mountain bikers? They are all capable of walking....

A favorite myth of mountain bikers is that mountain biking is no more harmful to wildlife, people, and the environment than hiking, and that science supports that view. Of course, it's not true. To settle the matter once and for all, I read all of the research they cited, and wrote a review of the research on mountain biking impacts (see http://mjvande.nfsho
st.com/scb7.htm ). I found that of the seven studies they cited, (1) all were written by mountain bikers, and (2) in every case, the authors misinterpreted their own data, in order to come to the conclusion that they favored. They also studiously avoided mentioning another scientific study (Wisdom et al) which did not favor mountain biking, and came to the opposite conclusions.

Those were all experimental studies. Two other studies (by White et al and by Jeff Marion) used a survey design, which is inherently incapable of answering that question (comparing hiking with mountain biking). I only mention them because mountain bikers often cite them, but scientifically, they are worthless.

Mountain biking accelerates erosion, creates V-shaped ruts, kills small animals and plants on and next to the trail, drives wildlife and other trail users out of the area, and, worst of all, teaches kids that the rough treatment of nature is okay (it's NOT!). What's good about THAT?

For more information: http://mjvande.nfsho
st.com/mtbfaq.htm .
Introducing children to mountain biking is CRIMINAL. Mountain biking, besides being expensive and very environmentally destructive, is extremely dangerous. Recently a 12-year-old girl DIED during her very first mountain biking lesson! Serious accidents and even deaths are commonplace. Truth be told, mountain bikers want to introduce kids to mountain biking because (1) they want more people to help them lobby to open our precious natural areas to mountain biking and (2) children are too naive to understand and object to this activity. For 400+ examples of serious accidents and deaths caused by mountain biking, see http://mjvande.nfsho st.com/mtb_dangerous .htm. Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1996: http://mjvande.nfsho st.com/mtb10.htm . It's dishonest of mountain bikers to say that they don't have access to trails closed to bikes. They have EXACTLY the same access as everyone else -- ON FOOT! Why isn't that good enough for mountain bikers? They are all capable of walking.... A favorite myth of mountain bikers is that mountain biking is no more harmful to wildlife, people, and the environment than hiking, and that science supports that view. Of course, it's not true. To settle the matter once and for all, I read all of the research they cited, and wrote a review of the research on mountain biking impacts (see http://mjvande.nfsho st.com/scb7.htm ). I found that of the seven studies they cited, (1) all were written by mountain bikers, and (2) in every case, the authors misinterpreted their own data, in order to come to the conclusion that they favored. They also studiously avoided mentioning another scientific study (Wisdom et al) which did not favor mountain biking, and came to the opposite conclusions. Those were all experimental studies. Two other studies (by White et al and by Jeff Marion) used a survey design, which is inherently incapable of answering that question (comparing hiking with mountain biking). I only mention them because mountain bikers often cite them, but scientifically, they are worthless. Mountain biking accelerates erosion, creates V-shaped ruts, kills small animals and plants on and next to the trail, drives wildlife and other trail users out of the area, and, worst of all, teaches kids that the rough treatment of nature is okay (it's NOT!). What's good about THAT? For more information: http://mjvande.nfsho st.com/mtbfaq.htm . mjvande
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12:56pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Buckslocal says...

Wow, what a bitter comment to add!!!

I'm no mountain biker but saying it is criminal to give children a chance to exercise is unacceptable and really shows your bitterness is clouding any sensible judgement!

And to address some other points you make:

Horse riding is dangerous and kills or seriously injures many every year. Should that be banned and parents be criminals for allowing their children to participate. And then there is the damage a horse causes to bridleways, etc. No different to what you are commenting on regarding mountain biking!

The same can be said for rock climbing and many other outdoor activities. Shall we go down making them criminal to be introduced to and banning them for your bitter vested interest?

You above comments demonstates a disturbing skew on normality
Wow, what a bitter comment to add!!! I'm no mountain biker but saying it is criminal to give children a chance to exercise is unacceptable and really shows your bitterness is clouding any sensible judgement! And to address some other points you make: Horse riding is dangerous and kills or seriously injures many every year. Should that be banned and parents be criminals for allowing their children to participate. And then there is the damage a horse causes to bridleways, etc. No different to what you are commenting on regarding mountain biking! The same can be said for rock climbing and many other outdoor activities. Shall we go down making them criminal to be introduced to and banning them for your bitter vested interest? You above comments demonstates a disturbing skew on normality Buckslocal
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