PRESS RELEASE: Stop Trapping our Trails If you go down to the woods today, you might have a big surprise.Published by Joel Long of Primeval Illustration and Stop Trapping Our Trails in partnership with Trailmaps.co.uk
Unlike a teddy bear’s picnic, you’ll be hoping not to see this on your local trails as it is something becoming more frequent with the recent surge in bike sales due to a certain pandemic. What I am referring to is trail trapping!
Every day around the world riders seek enjoyment far and wide, from a blast along the backyard bridleways to reaching the highest summits. Unfortunately, we are starting to see an increase in reports of wires tensioned between trees at head height, tree roots featuring upright nails and glass carelessly scattered along the trails you seek freedom on.
As a community, mountain bikers often enjoy the great outdoors with the younger members of their family and trail dogs alike. This isn’t an effort to disrupt your “personal best” on a segment to reach “King of the Mountain”, this is a threat to life towards you and your family. Photo credit: Jacqui Dalby
“How are you going to stop this” I hear you ask? Well, we can’t do it alone nor are we going to put an end to this overnight. What we can do is come together as a community. Through the power of social media, I have teamed up with Trailmaps.co.uk to create Stop Trapping Our Trails, a central hub to raise awareness of the dangers on your local trails.
We encourage the mountain bike community to join our pages on Facebook and Instagram and share any experience of trail trapping by tagging us and using the hashtag #stoptrappingourtrails. We can then publish these threats for all to see, report the dangers to the relevant authorities to see they are removed and ultimately let the creators of these traps know that their efforts to seriously harm cyclists is absolutely unacceptable.
Personally, when I head out to catch some fresh air on the steed and to escape the relentless negativity in the world, the last thing I am thinking is “I wonder if anyone will make an attempt on my life today”… and I think I can speak for us all here by thinking “why would I”?! Photo credit: Jason Lee
We invite you to join us for the big announcement at 8 pm (BST) on the 7th June on all Stop Trapping Our Trails platforms. We hope you can join us, not only for the announcement but to be a part of the community who will do all they can to put a stop to these potentially fatal traps. There is a range of products now available from the following link that will take you to the Stop Trapping Our Trails
product page, a share of the proceeds to support Trash Free Trails
. TFT is a community focussed, non-profit organisation for all riders, runners and roamers to take action to reduce plastic pollution on our trails and other wild places. Stop Trapping Our Trails - Navy sweater
Until then, let me ask you: how would you feel knowing your favourite trails have been rigged with barbaric contraptions, which can only resemble a medieval torture method?
Have you experienced trail trapping? If so, please share your experience in the comments section and head across to our social media platforms and join the campaign to bring an end to these threats.
Stay safe out there.