Television coverage last night showing progress building the spectacular Old Ghost Road cycle path in Buller has caused a reader of 4wdNewz to wonder why so much effort is going into the cycleway network, yet there seems to be a movement to shut-out 4WDs from land access. There are several reasons:
• There are more recreational cyclists than 4WD trippers.
• Cyclists have an efficient, loud and well organised lobby group.
• Cyclists generally leave little in the way of footprint on the environment. They don't go out on 35-inch extreme tyres with 500Nm at their right foot to tear up tracks and trails.
• There are far too many hoons who give 4WDing a bad name with the people who count.