Greenway survey request from Ireland

Greenway design – a survey  (10 min)

Richard Manton
PhD candidate in Civil Engineering at NUI Galway

Dear colleagues,
As part of my PhD research on designing for walking and cycling, I am running a survey on the design of greenways. The survey asks user preferences on greenway design and on factors such as environmental impact. The link to the survey is: www.surveymonkey.com/s/greenwaydesign
If you have any queries about the survey or this research, please do not hesitate to contact me at: r.manton1@nuigalway.ie
Many thanks, Richard

 

Greenway Surveysurveymonkey.com

New invasive species… potentially on trails

Himalayan Balsam Impatiens glandulifera

Himalayan balsam is an annual herb, native to the western Himalayas. In the early 1800s it was introduced to many parts of Europe, New Zealand and North America as a garden ornamental. Himalayan Balsam has an orchid shaped flower resembling a British policeman’s helmet, which gave rise to its other common name of “Policeman’s helmet”.

Himalayan balsam can completely cover an area and crowd out native vegetation. Mature seed capsules explode when touched and can eject seeds as much as 5 m from the parent plant, giving it the alternate common name of “Touch-Me-Not plant”. It is mostly found in riparian areas, especially river edges and wetlands.

For more information, go to http://www.invadingspecies.com/invaders/plants-terrestrial/himalayan-balsam/

Vote for Simcoe County Mountain Bike Club’s trails

Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) invited the Simcoe County Mountain Bike Club to take part in their Dirt Search contest. 12 clubs in the East and 12 clubs in the West are hoping to win $10,000.

The rules are pretty simple.

GET VOTES – win $10k.

You can vote every 24 hours before Feb 26, 2014.  Vote now: http://blog.mec.ca/2014/02/04/dirt-search-contest/

If SCMTC is fortunate enough to get enough votes and win this contest, they will build a new 10 km MTB trail loop.

Recruit your friends, share the link, vote again.  Let’s win this thing for Simcoe County.  Thanks everyone!

Support, Register, Ride!

To the Rescue… a CBC documentary

To The Rescue is a  documentary about Canada’s patchwork search and rescue system. Why is it sending out its own SOS call?

Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 9 pm (9:30 pm NT)

CBC Television’s Doc Zone

As more urban adventurers seek recreational thrills than ever before, search and rescue teams are pushed to the limit trying to save them. GPS technology – and the assumption that help is just a cell phone call away – have changed the way we play, but the rescue system is chronically underfunded and struggling to keep up with the new demand.

This documentary follows dramatic searches as they unfold, and finds a network patched together with volunteers who risk their own lives to save others.

Watch the trailer:

TO THE RESCUE may be of interest to wilderness trail enthousiasts and/or trail user groups.