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First Month Trail Counts

First Month Trail Counts
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Hi Folks,

Around a month ago we installed three counters within the Parklands Conservation Park. The selected trails will be kept secret so as to not influence the statistics, they will be disclosed once the counters have been relocated. Trail 1 is on the east side (Atkinson Rd), and trail two and three are on the west side (Radar Hill Rd).

So far the weekends are the busiest with Wednesday being the popular weekday to ride closely followed by Friday. 9AM and 4PM are the popular hours.

These charts are a work in progress with weekly and monthly charts coming later. After a couple of months we should start to see interesting trends but it will be at least a year before we can account for the seasons. Also I’ll see if I can include weather information to see how that impacts the counts.

Without further ado, here are the numbers:

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Local Dam Improvement Works

Local Dam Improvement Works

Cooloolabin Dam Development Exclusion Area

Last month we attended a public consultation session held by the friendly South East Queensland Water staff at the Cooloolabin Hall to talk about the up coming developments for both the Cooloolabin, Wappa, Lake Macdonald, and Ewen Maddock dams.

You may have noticed work taking place already at the Cooloolabin and Wappa Dams in the last few years. However these upcoming developments are larger in scale and the Cooloolabin project will impact our usage of the area for a while. Totally fine with me because dam leaks/bursts aren’t fun and I think having running tap water is pretty cool.

Cooloolabin dam is set to start in September and is expected to go till February.

Ewen Maddock works aren’t expected to start until 2019. We’ll be keeping in touch with SEQ Water about Ewen Maddock Dam to see if there are any opportunities for further developing the recreational facilities during this project.

Lake Macdonald is still in the early stages of the project so we’ll wait and see if there will be any impact to the near by ‘trail 4’.

For further information about these developments, go to: http://www.seqwater.com.au/water-supply/asset-maintenance-construction/dam-improvement-program

For general information about recreation in SEQ Water areas, check out: http://www.seqwater.com.au/play-it-safe/locations-and-guides

As usual we ask everyone to abide by signage and direction by the land managers.

Ben Johns
Club President

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Trailforks Update

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Trailforks Update
Awesome maps of trail networks

Hi Folks,

It has been over six months since we started using the Trailforks Trail Management System in earnest and the stats are trending well with over 95 unique riders submitting ridelogs and trail reports for Parklands. Check out the stats:

We would like to see the number of unique riders increase to improve representation of the wider Parklands user community. You can help by adding your rides to the ridelog system, bulk import your Strava activities then setup an automatic Strava importing. You just need a free Pinkbike account to get started.

We will be comparing the counts received by our trail counters against the Trailforks counts to ensure accuracy – the percentages should be similar.

Thanks!

Ben Johns
Club President

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Trail Care Update 05/08/2017

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Trail Care Update 05/08/2017
It's looking pretty good in there!

Insert bridge here

Last Saturday afternoon we finished polishing up the new beginners loop ready for the bridge and rock armouring to go in. The best thing that can happen right now is for a couple of rainy nights to turn the loose dust into a nice, hard surface (but remember don’t ride the loop if it’s wet – let the water do it’s work).

Trailworx has now completely cut in the whole loop with only a slight tweak needed where we will add a separate exit a few metres up from the existing one.

Ranger Eugene will begin to build a new bridge over the creek crossing this week and will be shifting some of the sandstone around for it. Personally I like coming across bridges along trails – they mix things up and add a professional touch.

We’ve ordered a load of smaller sandstone blocks to be used for trail armouring along the loop – from memory I think there are 5 gully’s that will need rocks added so there’s a still a bit to do.

We’re estimating the loop will be complete within the next three weeks if all goes to plan.

As always thanks to our volunteers who came in to help!

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Trail Care Day this Saturday Afternoon (05/08/2017).

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Trail Care Day this Saturday Afternoon (05/08/2017).
It's looking pretty good in there!

Hey Trail builders!

Map shows the locations of work areas

Matt from Trailworx has made a lot of progress on the beginners trail and we have a lot of work to do to tidy up the trails. Work will involve trail smoothing, drainage and some gullies need to be armoured.

Starts at 1pm but we’ll have some snags cooking earlier if you are keen to grab some food beforehand.

Activities include:

  • Smoothing/levelling out the trail
  • Drainage/Water control – tapering inside edges, removing outside edge rills and rock armouring.
  • Bridge preparation

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