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Glasgow uni dissertation project - mountain bikers Vs hill walkers

I am a geography student from the University of Glasgow conducting a study for an Honours Geography Dissertation. The dissertation will look at mountain bikers and hill walker’s opinions on shared use of space and focusing on environmental damage. It will also take into account land manager’s views on current issues involving both parties and how they may overcome such issues. The main focuses are: • Do mountain bikers and hill walkers hold different perceptions about use of hill side space? • Do both parties have different views about how hillside erosion is caused by outdoor activities? • Is there a developing conflict between mountain bikers and hill walkers? • Is there potential for future co-operation between mountain bikers and hill walkers around issues of common interest I would be grateful if you would take part in my dissertation research project. This will involve you answering some questions taking no more that 5 minutes, on your view of whither you feel there are issues involving both parties in terms or shared space and environmental damage. The Dissertation will be completed by the 17th of December 2012 and submitted to the department of Geographical and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow. It will be assessed by my supervisor and possibly read by other staff members within the department. The questionnaire will remain anonymous unless you specifically choose to enter your name at the end, and any data taken from this will be used in my dissertation. All data will remain confidential as only I will be processing it and will also be destroyed after use. It will not be used again for any other purpose. . Should you wish to contact me, please contact me at 0902223d@student.glasgow.ac.uk for further information. You can also contact my supervisor Dr. Hayden Lorimer Hayden.Lorimer@glasgow.ac.uk for further information. This project has gone through an Ethical Committee at the University of Glasgow.
date
gender
male
female
age
18-20
21-30
31-40
41-50
51-60
61-70
70+
Where do you usually go to experience hillside activities? (e.g. hill walking in the Trossachs or mountain biking on Goat Fell(Arran))
How often
Indicate the hillside activities you regularly take part in.
hill walking
mountain biking
horse riding
game stalking/ hunting
other
What are your two most important reasons for participating in hillside activities?
appreciate the natural beauty of the country side
get fit
for the thrill/ fun/ excitement
relax
socialise
learn
other
Have you ever had a negative experience or hostile encounter with any other countryside recreationist on the hillside?
yes
no
If so what type of recreationist?
hill walker
mountain biker
horse rider
game stalker/ hunter
other
If yes to previous question, briefly describe the incident(s).
Do you think that hillside recreationists cause environmental damage?
yes
no
If YES rate these activities in terms of the overall damage that you think they cause. (1 lowest, 4 highest) Hill Walking Mountain Biking Horse Riding Game Stalking /Hunting
Do you know who owns and maintains the area where you ride / walk most often?
yes
no
(FOR MOUNTAIN BIKERS ONLY) What is your general impression of hill walkers in terms of age and gender?
young
middle aged - elderly
mixed age group
male
female
both male and female
do you feel hill walkers detract or improve your enjoyment of the countryside
detract
improve
no effect
if you feel hill walkers detract from your enjoyment is it because:
the didn't say "hello"
sometimes rude or uncooperative
liable to cause environmental damage
do not appreciate the natural beauty of the countryside
sometimes too many hill walkers on the trails and get in your way
not applicable
as a mountain biker what type of riding do you do most frequently
dirt jumping
street
cross country
downhill
enduro
marathon
freeride
other
As a mountain biker have you built, created or altered trails without the permission of the land owner?
yes
no
if YES did you believe this to be damaging to the local habitat, or did you not take it into consideration
believed it to be damaging
neither beneficial nor damaging
did not consider the impact
other
FOR HILL WALKERS ONLY(mountain bikers proceed to last two questions) What is your general impression of mountain bikers in terms of age and gender?
young
middle aged- elderly
mixed age group
male
female
both male and female
Do you feel that mountain bikers detract or improve your enjoyment of the countryside?
detract
improve
no effect
If you feel mountain bikers detract from your enjoyment is it because:
they didn't say "hello"
sometimes rude or uncooperative
liable to cause accidents
cause environmental damage
do not appreciate the natural beauty of the countryside
wear garish colours
travel too fast and are noisy
introduce unnecessary technology to the hillside experience
do not respect the access code (Land Reform(Scotland) Act 2003)
not applicable
what kind of walking do you do
casual country walking
dog walking
strenuous/ steep hill walking
mountaineering
when hill walking on a designated path do you stray from it
yes
no
if YES did you believe this to be damaging to the local habitat, or did you not take it into consideration?
believed it to be damaging
neither beneficial nor damaging
did not consider the impact
other
QUESTIONS FOR ALL Would you spend time maintaining trails and helping conserve the natural value of hillside areas that you visit
yes
no
do you think there are reasons for developing cooperation between mountain bikers and hill walkers
yes
no
if YES please provide examples
This poll was created on 2012-08-31 09:57:31 by glasgow uni dissertation