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Editorial

The development of Queenstown’s trails needs your support.

April 27 2021 by Andy Brinsley

The development of Queenstown’s trails needs your support.

 

Riding a bike has been a big part of my life in the Wakatipu. Early days it was about A – B riding, like getting to Lake Hayes to hang with friends in the sunshine. There was no suggestion that the ‘State Highway’ wasn’t safe or the corrugated gravel down Morven Ferry Road unrideable.

40 something years on I’m less inclined to venture on to the State Highway. And thanks to the Queenstown Trails and the work of the Trust, I really don’t have to. What an amazingly accessible network that now enables us to get out walking or riding all over our district.

I’ve made a lot of use of the trails over the years and when I spotted the ad late 2019 calling for Trustees, I jumped at the chance to see if I could contribute further to the awesome work already achieved.

Not long after, the dark clouds of Covid blew across our shores. A year on I refl ect on how I felt at the time. The uncertainty, the anxiousness, young adult children recalled to the nest in disbelief, my role as a husband, a dad, a business operator and employer. Hectic times yet the silence of lockdown helped give clarity in the fog. The sunny autumn days with a routine of Zoom meetings and allocation of a few hours out on the trails to decipher the happenings of the day, scope a plan for the next day, be distracted by the surroundings and clear the mind. I know the trails inadvertently gave strength to so many of us as residents at the time. Through lockdown the trail network understandably saw a massive increase in usage and the awesome thing now is how many have continued to use them as a core part of our life here.

With the evolution of ebikes we now see a growing demographic of user and range of possibilities, from the passive tourist to the older generation, commuters and just imagine if they were cool enough for High School kids to ride to school! The Trust isn’t just here to imagine though, right now we are forging ahead with plans for new tracks and trails. From grade four backcountry single track to grade two gravel and commuter trails, there is something for every walker, runner or rider in the mix.

But we can’t do it without you. The development of more trails relies on community donations. Please consider joining our supporter whanau, there are a range of donor levels available or feel free to choose your own amount – simply go to www.queenstowntrail.org.nz/donations and do something awesome today.

 

 

- Andy Brinsley