Cutbacks in government spending mean that paths in the woods for mountain bikers and other recreational users are not being maintained. It makes no sense to have expensive campaigns to get people to take more exercise if you do not provide the facilities for them to do so.  Please go to the link below and sign the petition!

The only note of caution I would add about such petitions is that we have to be very careful not to give the impression that we think that mountain bikers should be confined to official paths. In Wageningen we are fortunate that in a number of areas there is not that restriction.  Not far away, on the Utrechtse Heuvelrug, that is strictly enforced.  In areas like that, if the paths are not maintained then the woods will be closed to mountain bikers. The forestry service is muttering about charging admission instead.  Whilst that might sound reasonable, it does not fit well with the aim of encouraging everyone to be fit and to get out into nature. The woods should be open to everyone, and that means providing the facilities.  Sign the petition!

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