I've the same experience of nearly been knocked down by the mountain bikes in Kap Lung Forest Trail and Kap Lung Ancient Trail, several times. But these two trails are not designated mountain bike trails. The adjacent designated mountain bike trail runs from Tsuen Kam Au to Ho Pui Reservoir, then to Tai Lam. However, slopes of Kap Lung Forest Trail and KL Ancient Trail are steep and exciting, most of the mountain bikers choose these illegal routes. Both routes are severely damaged, surfaces become smoother and more slippery after their frequent use. They even found an abandoned farmland near Kap Lung, cleared all vegetation to make slope and tracks. Another popular illegal route is from Tsuen Kam Au to Chuen Lung.
As bikes are considered as vehicles, they are not allowed to get into Country Parks in the past, in order to protect flora and fauna, as well as other Country Park users. Therefore you seldom saw bikes in Country Parks. Now they have designated routes, they can get into the Country Parks, but many of them think they got the whole Country Parks and need not to follow the routes and induce damages to wildlife and danger to other users.
I agree that mountain biking could be a very healthy sports and we should allow them to use the designated routes. I think the designated routes should not be placed in ecological sensitive areas, and today's design is not bad. But mountain bikers should strictly restrict themselves and AFCD should strictly enforce the Law and penalize those biking along non-designated routes, before asking for more routes.
[ 本帖最後由 littlelittle 於 2009-8-8 08:52 編輯 ]