9. Implementation

Co-ordination

9.1 There are a number of stakeholders in the outcomes of this Policy, including: land administering agencies, mountain biking clubs and individuals, mountain bike retailers, mountain bike event/concession operators, and clubs and individuals involved in other trail activities -in particular walking.

9.2 The Policy will be successful only if all stakeholders consider it fair and reasonable and are parties in its implementation.

9.3 Clubs and event managers have already demonstrated their interest in the resolution of some of the issues addressed in this Policy. In particular they have shown their interest in track development and maintenance and in the dissemination of information. The ongoing involvement of clubs should be encouraged.

9.4 Ideas put forward during the first Forum for co-operation between groups include:

- inter-activity track maintenance days

- multisport events involving mountain bike riders, runners and horse riders.

- information resource kits through retailers including material from a number of agencies and clubs.

9.5 Relatively few mountain bikers belong to clubs. Though clubs will play an important role in setting an example for other riders they are not necessarily the most effective avenue for reaching riders as a whole. The goodwill and co-operation of retailers will probably be needed in the dissemination of information and the promotion of new initiatives to riders.

9.6 The co-ordination of this Policy between land administering agencies requires it to be worked through the respective political processes of each agency and its inclusion in their planning and programmes. Meetings between the officers of each agency will be needed to facilitate this process. However, it is anticipated that it will begin with the approval of a strategy/policy document by the Regional Council and a recommendation/invitation to other agencies to adopt it in their areas. The Department of Conservation will at some stage have a national policy and it will presumably seek to co-ordinate where possible within its own guidelines.

Funding

9.7 Many of the initiatives which will arise from this policy will be able to blend into existing funded programmes. However, other initiatives will require additional funding. Opportunities for sponsorship should be investigated but where this is unavailable the implementation may not be as rapid as all would like. Overall, the outcomes of this Policy may be incremental rather than dramatic and immediate.

9.8 The question of new tracks for mountain biking was raised at the first Forum meeting. These will be expensive but may be more likely if riders are prepared to pay to use them in the same way as skiers pay to use skifields.

Assessment and Review

9.9 The effectiveness of this Policy should be measured where possible. This will allow improvements to be made and provide data to support future funding.

9.10 A periodic review would be consistent with normal recreation planning approaches, however over time this Policy may, if successful, become redundant.

Goal

Evidence indicates a substantial reduction in the effects of mountain biking and an increase in track user satisfaction resulting from the implementation of these policies.

Actions

Determine and implement a process for the co-ordinated implementation of these policies between land management agencies (General).

Integrate the policies of this plan into existing programmes of park management (General).

Assess any additional funding requirements and possible funding opportunities (WRC).

Measure and assess the effectiveness of these policies on Regional Council lands (WRC).

Investigate the use of sponsorship in the funding of new initiatives in the provision and management of mountain biking opportunities (WRC).