The course has been developed with a number of partners including Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS) and the Forestry Commission. These partnerships have enabled the course to benefit from best practice across the mountain bike trail build sector. The course focuses on repairing mountain bike trails, which is seen as an essential role of volunteer groups. It is designed for those maintaining a broad range of trails from wild trails to trail centre trails, bike parks and urban pocket parks.
The content of the one-day course covers everything from liaising with the land owner/managers to recruiting volunteers to assist with the repair of mountain bike trails. It also ensures that volunteers understand the legal and moral obligations and that all necessary paperwork and training are up to date and that records of work carried out are kept in order.
The course includes the following units:
- How to develop relationships and liaise with land managers/owners
- Understanding the law regarding land access and trail repair
- The importance of recording and managing records of work carried out:
- Creating and writing Risk Assessments and Method Statements
- Sign-up forms and disclaimers
- Work schedules
- What to record and the importance of record-keeping
- Growing your volunteer workforce, including how to recruit, educate and motivate volunteers
- Tools of the trade - which tools to use, how to use them correctly, safety and the dos and don’ts of volunteers working with hand tools.
- Trail repair essentials, how to keep your mountain bike trails in great shape year round.
- Working with volunteers: how to adapt working procedures to suit the environment you are working in; arranging dates for work to be carried out and ensure the correct equipment, education and safety procedures are in place.
This course is designed to work in combination with our one-day Safe Working Practice Trail Checking course. For groups inspecting and maintaining trails, we can run this together with the VTRC as a two day private course to enable full comprehension of the process of managing trails.
Land owners and managers can then be assured of your capacity to manage trails and networks effectively.