The promotion of Electric Mountain Bikes access in Torridon ? A survey comments welcome!

There are lots of views on Ebikes as I get older I am thinking about buying one just to ease the walk ins on hills like Beinn Alder and Seanna Bhraigh. Both these hills I would be following Estate tracks with minimum impact of the environment.

I have spent a lot of time in the Glens on the West Coast where some of the wonderful local stalkers paths are being heavily used by mountain bikes. There has to be room in my view to enjoy these areas but I have seen the paths in places cut up by mountain bikes especially in wet weather.

As electric bikes become more popular I can only see a rise in there use.

Many are worried that the old coffin paths are now being battered by bikes. Is there a way forward that we can protect these ancient ways for the future?

The Scottish Mountain Trust (SMT) give money from there profits to the upkeep of mountain paths and have done for many years. It would be great to see the EBike companies, clothing manufactures putting something back into local tracks.

Maybe you would like to complete the survey with your views .

From a pal “Fascinating topic being explored by my pal Charlie. His Masters dissertation Project is on the promotion of sustainable E-MTB access in Torridon. A subject that will stir up a’load of emotion.
He needs help by gathering these thoughts right here”

About this survey

Why are we doing this research?
Both mountain biking, and more recently electric mountain biking, has been a growing sport in the UK and Scotland. The UK bike market is estimated to be worth £1.5 billion, growing by 5% per year. The global electric mountain bike market could be worth $25 billion by 2030. Within Scotland it provides a valuable chunk of the adventure tourism market.

However, there may be certain drawbacks with its popularity – increasing the footfall in the mountains.

This project aims to explore what action can be taken to mitigate any drawbacks, such as access, erosion and user conflict, that might arise from the rise in mountain trail footfall, with a specific interest in eMTBs.

Research has shown that many people would prefer education rather than legislation regarding these types of issues, and this project would like to speak to landowners, organisations and mountain bikers and find the most effective way to deliver this message.

What is involved?
The questionnaire will initially gain some general information about you and your mountain bike and e mountain bike riding habits. Most questions will present you with a list of options to select.

You will then be asked more specifically about where you ride and how you decide on routes and your attitude towards, and knowledge of, sustainability while mountain biking. It will also seek to understand where you gain information on these subjects.

Previously to the questionnaire, researchers interviewed several landowners, land managers and other organisations, based in the Torridon area and elsewhere in Scotland on this subject. Some questions in this questionnaire were based on findings that came out of these interviews.

This survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete.


About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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2 Responses to The promotion of Electric Mountain Bikes access in Torridon ? A survey comments welcome!

  1. Tony B says:

    Hi Heavy , stick with good branded e Mountain Bikes , with assist motor on crank , so when you pedal, you get assistance, the ones with motors on the wheel can cause wheel spin , and potential accident , …also get a full suspension model , see videos from Cameron McNeish , I have a Giant fullsus EMTB , GREAT FUN but you still have to peddle , which is good for exercise …hire one first , to see if you like them , as they can be expensive, so shop about …try … …. May also Reg Stuart ’ in Forres …. or Yeni has bike connects in his family … cheers Tony

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