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Tunstall Forest - The Sudbourne Dirt Track - Guide to Users of the Site

This is an 'Extreme' Sport Site - for competent cyclists only.

Site Control

A Forestry Commission Recreation Staff member will monitor the site by a formal site recorded inspection at least once a month.

Site Rules

  1. Type of jump constructions will be defined.
  2. The site to have a boundary.
  3. Warning signs to users and the general public as to the activity.
  4. Personal safety kit/procedures – e.g. use of helmets when using the site.
  5. Accident reporting procedures.
  6. Conflict with others.
  7. Mentoring scheme for inexperienced riders.
  8. Different grades of route/jumps in place.
  9. Litter control.

1. Construction

  • The jumps are to be only constructed from the earth/sand already present on the site.
  • Only hand tools should be used in construction.
  • The jumps and hollows must be obvious.
  • To keep the layout as open as possible.
  • Good visibility of routes and jumps – paths must not cross.
  • It should not cross paths or tracks used by other users of the forest.
  • Any construction changes must be agreed with the Recreation Ranger prior to starting work.

2. Boundary

  • The site is to have a boundary clearly marked and any paths/jumps are to be within this boundary. This is to include ride-in and ride-out (ride-in is the preparation area prior to path or first jump – similarly ride-out is the stopping or completion zone).
  • This boundary is to be defined and erected by the FC, and the group is asked to regularly check that the boundary is clearly defined when they visit.

3. Warning Signs

  • The FC will place warnings signs in the vicinity of the site that will:

    a) Warn users of the safety rules and difficulty of the activity and that compliance of the rules is expected.
    b) Make the general public aware of the nature of the activity and its location by warning signs.

4. Safety Kit/Procedures

  • Riders are to wear, as a minimum, safety helmets at all times.
  • They should not visit the site alone.
  • Should have access to a mobile telephone whilst on the site.
  • Should inform a member of the family/adult friend of their intended time span whilst using the site. The relative/friend should be aware that if the rider does not return by the agreed time, they are expected to check that they are safe.
  • A rider should have access to a first aid kit whilst on the site.

5. Accident Reporting Procedures

  • All accidents should be reported to the FC as early as possible after the accident – either in writing or by telephone (tel. 01394 450164)

6. Conflict Procedures

  • Where conflicts arise, riders are expected to resolve issues amongst themselves. Where conflict remains the riders should contact the Recreation Ranger who will make the final decision.
  • Where a visiting rider attends and conflict arises, the group should try to resolve the issue themselves. Where conflict remains, the rider’s name should be forwarded to the Recreation Ranger. If this is not possible, then inform the Recreation Ranger of the conflict and leave the site for a period of time.

7. Mentoring Scheme for Inexperienced Riders

  • It is expected that experienced riders will offer help and advice to inexperienced riders. This is particularly important where dangerous practice is in evidence.

8. Different gradients of route/jumps in place

  • Clearly defined starts to runs/routes.
  • The site should provide different grades of difficulty for a range of riding ability.

9. Litter

  • It is expected that riders will make use of a litter bin. The management of the litter will be left to the users/riders on the site.

General Comment

  • The Recreation Ranger or appointed officer/advisor may at any time remove or destroy a feature that is thought to be unsafe.
  • The Recreation Ranger or appointed officer/advisor may close the site either temporarily or permanently for improvements or demolition.
  • The Forestry Commission will continue to explore the possibility that an independent organisation will adopt and manage the site.
  • The Recreation Ranger will make use of photographic evidence to support monitoring of health & safety standards.
  • Only the Forestry Commission or appointed representatives will remove trees or large branches for safety reasons. This is not to be carried out by the riders or users of the site. Requests for removal of such large objects should be referred to the Recreation Ranger in the first instance.
Last updated: 7th December 2017

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