Whenever I re-read our well read, signed by Joey Klein of IMBA, classic copy of Natural Surface Trails by Design it always strikes me that theres an addition/appendix which could truly benefit the book and actually all trails enterprise.
From my perspective that addition could best be described as 'Accessible to all ages and abilities' and by that I mean disadvantaged and different'abled' too. Aptly described as adaptive. Its an accepted norm in all aspects of design these days. Its also how we do design here at xplor4. From the outset we incorporate family friendly features, from grandfolk to the freshest little adventurers in their parents pouchslings. In our xplor4 endeavours ensuring that there's options to fit family adventure is paramount. This approach also facilitates better access by adaptive riders, off road wheel chairs, special needs, kids kickbikes, even walk frames or participants with limited mobility/range.
Acknowledgment image thanks to AMTB taken by Denise Cox.
At present xplor4 are fielding community interest in an accessible trail in the heart of our own town, thats something any town could be proud of. Is your town a candidate too? Do you have ideas for an accessible trail please comment below? As part of our holistic design philosophy we listen to the trail participants first, then the trailhead and features are harmonized for the best user experience.
The normal short circuit and staged effort approach to accessibility can also be augmented with a pump track. Generally either dirt surface or asphalt, however there are even modular relocatable options that we can help with! This type of track has gained favour as a family gathering point. Because unlike skatebowls, mum and dad are able to try it out safely too! This flows into a family friendly ambiance and participation. It also serves as a safe introduction to trails. Below are some pumptrack examples xplor4 have investigated and reviewed:
About the author: Mat Colefax loves everything about outdoors and trails. As a lifelong trails and aquatrails advocate he instigated Noosa's iconic Tewantin Trailcare program and other successes. He remains a serial volunteer and contributor to trails. And happily takes his little tribe to the trails too:)