Moos trails at Swansea need your help

The latest news from Moos, one of best dirt jump spots in South Wales, which is under threat of closure.

Have a read of what Dan Jones says below and if you think you can help save this amazing spot then drop him an email.

Latest news from Moos.

Things have moved on a bit recently, initially we thought the trails were going to be ploughed but it seems not to be the case.

Looks like we’re going to be given the chance to present our case for Moos to the council executives. Environmental impact seems to be the biggest problem and we should soon see the environmental report which will give us an idea of what we need to do to mitigate the issues.

Until we get this report we can’t really do much, but we need to be able to show the council that there’s lots of support for the trails and that they are worth saving. So we’re looking for people to send us letters of support addressed to the council which we can pass onto to them. It doesn’t matter if you’re not local, if you’ve ridden Moos or even just follow the blog we need you to let the council know why its important to save the trails.

If you’re interested in helping then please send an email to me at danieljones900@hotmail.com and I will send you more info about what you need to do. Also if you have any other advice or expertise which could assist us then let me know.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on our facebook page for updates: www.facebook.com/#!/groups/192662447451871/

Also check out the Moos blog moostrails.blogspot.co.uk

  1. matt

    What you could do is make a compilation video of edits filmed at (or just featuring) moos, and post it online. You could show people how much the trails mean to people, show the council and say that one person cares for every one view of the short film (I’d imagine you’d have hours worth of footage to pick and choose from). Get different websites to spread the video and get the support from their views. You could easily stack up a few thousand views.

    (Just an idea, I’ll send a letter too.)

  2. bill gates

    Anybody elses computer freeze for a while after they open dirt?

  3. woodrat

    ^every time!

  4. kevolution

    Your lines are so clean Dan, you could classify the spot as a “working art installation”. You’ll probably qualify for funding from the Arts Council and it’ll be far cheaper than bronze statues or pointless plinth style installations for them too. Win win.

  5. Sam Davies

    @matt Currently working on one.

  6. Geezer

    Get support from the Cardiff brothers

  7. 4xlego

    What i dnt get is that there is constantly a demand for skateparks and dirt jump spots but the people in charge always say theres not enough money to build a decent spot and here we have a brilliant spot which the council will waste money knocking down and levelling just leave it there and worry about bigger things

  8. Really

    just point out to the council that the people using the track are not hanging around corner shops begging for booze,selling drugs,etc and if that dont work take some pictures of the head of the swansea council dogging on the sea front that should do the job.

  9. marki3boy

    Please write a letter of support and email it to Jack Straw the Chief Executive of the City & County of Swansea
    jack.straw@swansea.gov.uk

    (please also copy to me bils@mtbpigs.co.uk so we can print them out )

    To make things easier you can use this template;

    NAME ___________________
    COMPANY ___________________
    ADDRESS ___________________
    POST CODE ___________________
    EMAIL ___________________

    To whom it may concern,

    I wish to express my support in saving a valuable sports and leisure facility in Clyne Valley Country Park, Swansea. The area known as “Moos Trails”, is a BMX and mountain bike dirt jump area, which has been built by local riders.
    The trails are now under threat of being closed and demolished.

    The benefits of having Moos trails as part of the cycling facilities in Clyne Valley Country Park are:

    • Fitness and exercise — riding the trails is a good form of anaerobic exercise.

    • Cross training — dirt jumping is often used as cross training for other disciplines like BMX racing and downhill mountain biking (the UK currently has three UCI World Champions across these disciplines).

    • Social issues — maintaining the trails and keeping them free from litter has given young people responsibility. The trails cannot exist without teamwork, organisation and a strong work ethic, all of which are useful social skills.

    • Prestige — Moos trails are considered to be the “jewel in the crown” of the cycling facilities in Clyne and have attracted worldwide acclaim and media coverage. The riding scene at Moos is producing top athletes who compete at national and international levels.

    • Progression — Riding Moos trails is at the top tier of the structured progression of skills in Clyne, which starts with riding the pump track, then XC trails and Clyne jumps and finally Moos Trails.

    • Tourism — Moos attracts visitors from other parts the UK, as well as Europe.

    Please don’t let Swansea lose this excellent sports venue.

    Yours faithfully,

    _____________

    (Thank You)

  10. marki3boy

    Please CC your letter to danieljones900@hotmail.com , the bils@mtbpigs.co.uk isn’t working.

  11. Sam

    Just tell them it’s really popular and there’s a money making opportunity with the use of a nearby snack van etc. that’s what they hate, people having somewhere to have a sick day out at no cost.

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