Upper Clutha Tracks Trust (UCTT)
The Upper Clutha Tracks Trust is a registered charitable trust, entirely run by volunteers, and its mission is to create an integrated network of walking and cycling tracks in the Upper Clutha Basin.
The Trust is currently raising funds to improve accessibility to the track network for users who have mobility restrictions. The local community has a number of very active people who are wheelchair users or have other mobility issues, and also many members of the community are families with small children and wish to use strollers on the tracks. The Trust also anticipates that there will be increasing use of some of the tracks by users in mobility scooters in the future.
The Trust has provided many hours volunteer work on general investigation of the overall feasibility of the project.
The project looks at all the track “furniture” that has been installed or inherited with a view to making these wheelchair accessible. The structures are usually located at the start and finish points of the tracks, where they cross roads and at land ownership boundaries. When installed, these were intended to prevent access for trail bikes(motor), and to prevent cyclist/children from going directly onto roads. They were also to control stock in some locations.
Over time as track use has increased, the problem from motorised use of the tracks has substantially declined, and we now wish to give more weight to making the tracks easier to access for as many members of the community as possible.