Peak District cycle paths sabotaged with 'dangerous' traps

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Peak District cycle paths sabotaged with 'dangerous' traps

Postby mercalia » 13 Jul 2019, 6:10am

Peak District cycle paths sabotaged with 'dangerous' traps

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-d ... e-48961360

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Re: Peak District cycle paths sabotaged with 'dangerous' traps

Postby rfryer » 13 Jul 2019, 7:18am

The tone of that report is worrying. It makes the point three times that the traps are indiscriminate, and could affect non-cyclists. So what? Would it be OK if that weren't the case?

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Re: Peak District cycle paths sabotaged with 'dangerous' traps

Postby mercalia » 13 Jul 2019, 8:44am

rfryer wrote:The tone of that report is worrying. It makes the point three times that the traps are indiscriminate, and could affect non-cyclists. So what? Would it be OK if that weren't the case?


I dont think that was intended. Just a way to suggest the matter affects every one so that people who are not cyclists cant shrug their shoulders and say "well dont affect me"

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Re: Peak District cycle paths sabotaged with 'dangerous' traps

Postby brynpoeth » 13 Jul 2019, 8:54am

Tree branches break and sag, rocks may roll downhill
Another non-story from the awful bbc?
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Re: Peak District cycle paths sabotaged with 'dangerous' traps

Postby mercalia » 13 Jul 2019, 9:01am

brynpoeth wrote:Tree branches break and sag, rocks may roll downhill
Another non-story from the awful bbc?


well I would hope that would be taken into account?

maybe there is a gnome in that area that hates cyclists

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Re: Peak District cycle paths sabotaged with 'dangerous' traps

Postby reohn2 » 13 Jul 2019, 10:28am

A similar and potentially more lethal incident in Wales:- https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-48934070
And as stated in the link it's not only cyclists at risk from the actions of these morons,it's a wo/man trap someone stepping that could do themselves serious injury that's before we even consider the animal life in the area.
This was one very determined and mindless moron.
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Re: Peak District cycle paths sabotaged with 'dangerous' traps

Postby mercalia » 13 Jul 2019, 12:03pm

reohn2 wrote:A similar and potentially more lethal incident in Wales:- https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-48934070
And as stated in the link it's not only cyclists at risk from the actions of these morons,it's a wo/man trap someone stepping that could do themselves serious injury that's before we even consider the animal life in the area.
This was one very determined and mindless moron.


not mindless more a sociopath?

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Re: Peak District cycle paths sabotaged with 'dangerous' traps

Postby 100%JR » 13 Jul 2019, 3:13pm

brynpoeth wrote:Tree branches break and sag, rocks may roll downhill
Another non-story from the awful bbc?

Mmm how does a plank of wood "just" happen to get about 100 nails in it and find it's way onto a trail?

The second line of your post does have a point though as this has been happening on and off since the 90s :roll:
There was a stupid old git who was fined for putting a washing line at head height across the Trans-Pennine Trail in Grenoside Woods a couple of years ago.....to deter Moto-X riders :roll: No thought for the (legal) MTBers and Horse riders :roll:

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Re: Peak District cycle paths sabotaged with 'dangerous' traps

Postby brynpoeth » 13 Jul 2019, 3:46pm

We love safety cameras
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Re: Peak District cycle paths sabotaged with 'dangerous' traps

Postby 100%JR » 14 Jul 2019, 3:17pm

brynpoeth wrote:We love safety cameras
Frackers, frack orf!
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I take it you'd had a drink or two when you posted that as it has nothing whatsoever to do with this thread :roll:
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Re: Peak District cycle paths sabotaged with 'dangerous' traps

Postby brynpoeth » 14 Jul 2019, 3:31pm

100%JR wrote:
brynpoeth wrote:We love safety cameras
Frackers, frack orf!
..We love freedom of opinion too

I take it you'd had a drink or two when you posted that as it has nothing whatsoever to do with this thread :roll:

Thread drift is endemic here, and tolerated :wink:
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Re: Peak District cycle paths sabotaged with 'dangerous' traps

Postby mattsccm » 27 Jul 2019, 9:35am

Whilst I can't deny that some of these"traps" are potential very dangerous I do think that the intention to harm is usually over estimated.
The nail board would probably, and in the mind of the "owner", only puncture.
Rope across a path would probably be visible and slow fast riders down, probably the intention. Same with a pile of rocks, if it wasn't actually a poorly constructed jump.

In no way am I suggesting these are OK but I can see the possible thoughts behind them. Might even be non thinking kids. As a primary school kid interrsted in prehistoric hunting I used to dig pit traps to catch anything that fell in . A pensioner would have been hilarious at the time.
I suspect that there are a result of someone being scared or annoyed at irresponsible use. When you see a lot of these in a row they are often ( not the nails) done by horse riders creating mini jumps for young horses.
Finally thee location and nature of the obstacle has to be considered. Barbed wire 4 feet above a tarmaced cycle way is somewhat more serious than a few logs across cheeky MTB paths.