‘Pedal-Driven’: The Politics Behind MTB Trails

Posted on January 6, 2012

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Depending upon your vested interest in mountain biking, and to what degree you’re committed to the sport and lifestyle, you may or may not know about the politics behind our existing trail networks –and what it takes to establish and develop the trails we’ve grown to appreciate.

IMBA Ride Center trails in Oakridge, OR. Scene from "Pedal-Driven." Photo by: Howell at the Moon Productions

IMBA Ride Center trails in Oakridge, OR. Scene from "Pedal-Driven." Photo by: Howell at the Moon Productions

It’s not as easy as one might think, and sometimes there’s a chance of disparity at the planning table –noticeably divided between the riders, landowners and the land managers. And each group justifiably has a valid stance.

“Pedal-Driven” is a documentary about this sometimes-challenging process, with a hefty dose of technical riding and amazing trails.

Duthie Hill Bike Park, Issaquah, WA. Scene from "Pedal-Driven." Photo by: Howell at the Moon Productions

Duthie Hill Bike Park, Issaquah, WA. Scene from "Pedal-Driven." Photo by: Howell at the Moon Productions

The film opens with a focus on relationships between groups in Leavenworth, Washington, specifically involving the Wentachee/Okanogan National Forest.  A destination that’s become internationally known for its outstanding outdoor recreation and natural resources, which consists of a 4-million acre zone along the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range. Needless to say, there should be plenty of room for everyone to play in the sandbox.

Visiting with a handful of communities across the West, the filmmakers searched for organizations working cooperatively to develop trails. Their hopes with the film are to find a more sustainable and efficient solution for developing recreational opportunities on public lands.

Scene from "Pedal-Driven." Photo by: Howell at the Moon Productions

Scene from "Pedal-Driven." Photo by: Howell at the Moon Productions

Check out the trailer below, and visit PedalDriven.org to purchase the DVD. All net profits from the film will be donated to future sustainable trail building and land stewardship efforts.

Want to see the film on tour? They’re currently on a 250-stop world screening tour and has screened at more than a dozen film festivals, including being recognized as a finalist in the Banff Mountain Film Festival and taking Best Cinematography honors at the 2011 DOCUTAH festival.

The film is sponsored by: Diamondback, Specialized, Shimano, Clif Bar, Pyramid Breweries, the City of Leavenworth, Yakima, Timberland, and Stevens Pass Bike Park, with promotional support from Pinkbike and Bike Magazine.

//// Further Reading

Check out this Story via Singletrack Magazine, which broke only a few days after this post, detailing a scuffle between a Welsh forestry worker and a mountain biker.

Forestry Commission announce investigation into ‘assault’ video

 

 

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