Q: Where is the TET going?
A: 2018 is all about laying a foundation for the future.
The project has grown and expanded beyond all expectations. But like a plant shooting up towards the light, it needs to make sure its roots and stalk are strong and deep so that it doesn’t break and collapse with the first breath of wind or shower of rain. There will be challenges ahead. There are powerful and vocal lobby groups in some countries that see off-pavement use of motor vehicles as incompatible with their agendas. They will eventually discover the TET. We need to make sure that we are able to meet their challenges maturely, diplomatically and calmly to show them and the ears that listen to them that there is an alternative narrative. We can all as individuals contribute to the evidence-base for those arguments by riding considerately and responsibly and not reinforcing their preconceived and ingrained perceptions of trail riders are just a bunch of selfish hooligans. We know different.
When 2018’s riding season’s end draws near, we will have a sit down and think about “what’s next”. We’ve plenty of ideas! The handrail of the CIC’s aims and goals will be our reference document at all times.
Q: How can the TET community contribute to the future of the TET?
A: Do what you’re doing now! Smile, talk, support, enthuse, suggest, feed back - be ambassadors for trail riders and the TET on social media, on the trail and in your communities. Just as we will use the CIC’s aims and goals as our handrail, we hope you will use the Code of Conduct as yours.