26 October 2018

Albany’s Stidwell Bridle Trail is one of the Great Southern’s most popular horse riding locations and caters for locals as well as visiting riders.

Several parts of the Stidwell Bridle trail are designated as horse only to provide riders with a safe location to ride without having worry about dangerous interactions with four-wheel drives or motorbikes.

As part of a program to continue to improve rider safety and protect the trail surface from impacts of inappropriate use, the City of Albany in consultation with local riders has recently installed three Cavalletti gates at strategic locations on the Stidwell Bridle trail.

The gates are designed to restrict illegal vehicle and motorbike access to the trail while allowing horses to step over the central portion of the gate.

City Manager of Reserves Jacqui Freeman said the City had recently received several reports of near misses with motorbikes illegally utilising the horse only sections of the Bridle Trail.

“Licenced four-wheel drives and motorbikes are allowed to use public access roads in the general area near the Stidwell Bridle Trail but access is restricted within the sign posted horse-only sections of the trail,” Ms Freeman said.

In addition to the gates, the City of Albany has installed additional shared trail signage and promoting a Share the Trails Code of Conduct encouraging all users to slow down when passing other, obey signage, only use appropriate trails and to stay on trails and not take short cuts.