Cycle and Mountain Bike, Golf Cart and Motor Bike trails.
The National Cycle Network (NCN) Network passes within a mile of over half of all UK homes and now stretches over 14,000 miles across the length and breadth of the UK. Add to that the thousands of miles of golf course tracks and you have a considerable amount of road/trail surface to look after.
Almost 5 million people use the National Cycle Network, and despite its name, the Network isn't just for cyclists, it’s also popular with walkers, joggers, wheelchair users and horse riders too. When considering a new NCN sports track/trails, close attention must be paid to construction standards and details to ensure that routes are: safe and comfortable for golf cart and cyclists, attractive, legally acceptable, easy to maintain and durable.
Practicalities such as cost, consideration of future maintenance and availability of materials have a significant bearing on decisions about construction of paths, tracks and cycle trails. However, it is essential to remember that, from the perspective of the user, the riding quality and reliability of the surface are the most important construction considerations.
A standard carriageway construction is appropriate for all cycling infrastructure on carriageway. Some modifications to the surface may be required to incorporate cycle lanes, advanced stop lines, or traffic speed control measures (traffic calming). Dimensional tolerances should follow normal highway standards, and when a new cycle route is installed a check should be carried out to confirm that this is the case. Off-carriageway, cycle tracks and shared paths will generally have a similar construction to footways or footpaths. Factors to also consider include occasional use by motor vehicles (for maintenance) and ground conditions.
The Consolid System can be used in any new or restoration project to strengthen the base layers in the embankments and tracks of our cycle, golf cart and motorbike networks. Consolid can be mixed with the in-situ soils and recycled material to form a barrier to capillary rise, frost heave and permeability of water; the process is permanent and irreversible once dried. By using Consolid in any construction project you will be saving costs, financially and to the environment.