Off-Road Mountain Biking: A profile of participants, setting and preferences, by Gordan Cessford, 1995
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APPENDIX 1

MOUNTAIN BIKE QUESTIONNAIRE



1. How many years have you been riding a Mountain Bike?

2. Can you tell us about yourself so we can better describe Mountain bikers?

l AGE CLASS l SEX l OCCUPATION

¨ < 19 years ¨ Male

¨ 20-29 ¨ Female l BIKE CLUB MEMBER ¨ Yes ¨ No

¨ 30-39

¨ 40-49 (which club?)

¨ 50-59

¨ > 60 years l BIKE TYPE ? (brand,model,modifications?)



3. What 3 main outdoor activities do you do? (1 = activity done most often)

1. ____________________ 2. ______________________ 3. _____________________

4. What kind of OFF-ROAD rider are you? (circle a number)
Complete beginner
Advanced beginner
Moderately experienced
Have a lot of experience
Very experienced Expert Rider
1
2
3
4
5
(Almost never ridden off-road)
(Done a little

off-road riding)
(Am getting into off-road riding)
(Done lots of hard off-road riding)
(Do extreme/hard off-road riding)

5. On how many days in the last year did you ride OFF-ROAD? (approximately)
Always ride ON ROADS (sealed or gravel)
Off-road on less than 6 days
Off-road on 7-12 days (once or twice a month)
Off-road on 13-24 days
Off-road on 25-50 days (50 is about once a week)
Off-road on 50-100 days
Off-road on 100+ days (usually over twice a week)

6. How many Mountain bike races have you done? (excluding fun-rides)

¨ Have done none ¨ Have done ___ races (estimate if done many)


7. Do you sometimes use a car to get to places you want to ride in?
YES - If YES - what % of your riding would involve use of a car? %
NO - how long would you usually drive to get to riding areas? hrs

8. Some rides require you to carry or push your bike over un-rideable sections. How much time would you tolerate carrying/pushing your bike before you'd avoid a ride and go elsewhere instead? (tick box)
No carrying
5% of

time
10% of time
15% of time
20% of time
25% of time
30-50% of time
Over 50% of time
¨
¨
¨
¨
¨
¨
¨
¨

9. Which FIVE Mountain-biking features are most important to you?
Exploring new areas Appreciating views/scenery/nature
Physical challenge (hard riding) Relaxation/easy riding/cruising
Skill challenge (technical riding) Peace/quiet/solitude
Developing and improving skills Overnight trips/touring options
Speed/excitement/risk Commuting around town/transport means
Racing and race training Riding/socialising with friends
Exercise/fitness workout Other?

10. Which 3 features from the list above are most important to your riding enjoyment? (write below, with 1 = MOST important, 2 = second ...)

1.

2.

3.



11. How important are each of the following features to your enjoyment of Mountain Bike riding? (circle the number of your choice for each)

FEATURES OF OFF-ROAD

MOUNTAIN BIKING RIDES

I don't

want this

at all
I'd avoid

this if I could
It is OK

some of

the time
I prefer it

if I can

find it
Absolutely

essential for all rides
- carrying or pushing the bike
1
2
3
4
5
- travelling through native bush/forest
1
2
3
4
5
- travelling through plantation forests (eg pine)
1
2
3
4
5
- travelling through open farmland
1
2
3
4
5
- riding on narrow tracks/paths (eg single-track)
1
2
3
4
5
- riding on farm roads and farm 4WD tracks
1
2
3
4
5
- riding on other 4WD tracks or firebreaks
1
2
3
4
5
- riding on gravel roads
1
2
3
4
5
- riding on sealed roads
1
2
3
4
5
- riding on tracks which are smooth/open/clear
1
2
3
4
5
- riding on tracks which are rough/tight/narrow
1
2
3
4
5
- riding on tracks with rocks/roots/logs on them
1
2
3
4
5
- riding on tracks with steps/ditches/culverts on them
1
2
3
4
5
- riding through overhanging branches and foliage
1
2
3
4
5
- riding through muddy/boggy areas with puddles
1
2
3
4
5
- having to do river/stream/creek crossings
1
2
3
4
5
- riding through loose gravel/sand/boulders
1
2
3
4
5
- doing downhills which are fast/smooth/open/clear
1
2
3
4
5
- doing downhills which are fast/rough/tight
1
2
3
4
5
- doing downhills which are slower/steep/technical
1
2
3
4
5
- doing gentle downhills at an easy pace
1
2
3
4
5
- doing uphills which are long/hard/steep
1
2
3
4
5
- doing uphills with short/hard/steep sections
1
2
3
4
5
- doing gradual uphills at an easy/relaxed pace
1
2
3
4
5
- encountering 4WD's or trailbikes on rides
1
2
3
4
5
- encountering walkers on tracks I am riding
1
2
3
4
5
- meeting other riders on tracks I am riding
1
2
3
4
5
- getting some speed/action/excitement/risk
1
2
3
4
5
- Other?
1
2
3
4
5

12a. Can you describe your FAVOURITE riding conditions? (note the track type, track difficulty, environment, ride duration, topography etc)






12b. Which tracks/routes give you these kinds of riding experiences? (names?)



13. Indicate how much you AGREE or DISAGREE with the following statements by circling the number that best represents your opinion.

OPINION STATEMENTS
Strongly Disagree
Tend to Disagree

Neutral
Tend to Agree
Strongly Agree
- Mountain bikes should be allowed anywhere they can be ridden
1
2
3
4
5
- Mountain bikes should not be allowed on established walking tracks
1
2
3
4
5
- Mountain-biking is compatible with walking on tracks
1
2
3
4
5
- Walking tracks with many walkers are unsuitable for riding
1
2
3
4
5
- Easily damaged walking tracks are unsuitable for riding
1
2
3
4
5
- Environmental damage by Mountain-bikes is over-estimated
1
2
3
4
5
- Danger to walkers from Mountain-bikes is over-estimated
1
2
3
4
5
- A few irresponsible riders cause most problems with walkers
1
2
3
4
5
- Un-informed walkers imagine most problems from biking use
1
2
3
4
5
- Information on alternative places to ride would reduce conflicts
1
2
3
4
5
- Responsible riding and attitude would reduce conflicts
1
2
3
4
5
- Riders should follow voluntary codes of behaviour (safety/impact)
1
2
3
4
5
- Riding access to some areas will need to be limited
1
2
3
4
5
- Riding access should be sometimes limited to specified days or seasons
1
2
3
4
5
- Zoning different areas for riding and walking would work
1
2
3
4
5
- If biking tracks were designated, riders would stick to them
1
2
3
4
5
- I don't need views/scenery/nature for my enjoyment of riding
1
2
3
4
5
- I don't need speed/action/excitement for my enjoyment of riding
1
2
3
4
5

14. Do you know places where access for Mountain Bikes is a problem?

¨ YES ¨ NO l If YES, can you describe the places and problems?







15. Please name any tracks you would like to be allowed to ride on, but which are at present closed to mountain bikes.



16. Have you done any cycle-touring by mountain bike, staying out overnight in huts or camps? (note both off- and on-road trips)

¨ Y ¨ N

- If YES, where was this?

- If NO, why not?

- BOTH: anywhere you would like to go?


17. ON THE MAP included in this questionnaire, refer to the list of ride names and the corresponding numbers on the map, then:

a). Mark the boxes for anywhere you have ridden (tick or cross).

b). Circle 5 boxes for the 5 places you have ridden in the most.

c). Show your 3 favourite places by writing 1,2,3 beside the name.

REFER TO MAP

(If you are not from Wellington, do as much as you can on the map provided)





CONCLUDING COMMENTS

If you have any other issues you would like to raise, then please feel free to do so in the space below. Please contact us if you have any further comments or queries. Thank you for your time and input.

Gordon Cessford

Science and Research Division

Department of Conservation

PO BOX 10420

Wellington. (03) 4713272


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