ATV fees a potential solution?

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Thank-you to both Patrick K. Graveline for his letter in the last edition about
preserving the PPJ trail and the Journal for covering the garbage dumping on Club Quad’s trails; they bridge two frequent issues my family and I experience on our rural road, which is also a designated ATV trail. 
We recently spent time in Almonte, a town that allows ATVs on old railway

Thank-you to both Patrick K. Graveline for his letter in the last edition about
preserving the PPJ trail and the Journal for covering the garbage dumping on Club Quad’s trails; they bridge two frequent issues my family and I experience on our rural road, which is also a designated ATV trail. 
We recently spent time in Almonte, a town that allows ATVs on old railway
lines, where we experienced what being a pedestrian on a shared trail is actually like. While it was unnerving to have to look over our shoulders when we heard an ATV or moving over quickly to let them pass, the drivers we met were courteous. Safe? Still unclear.
I understand the controversy about sharing the PPJ with ATVs now. We used the trail in town, so drivers drove very slowly. I’m not sure drivers would drive so slowly on the PPJ as it’s mainly unpopulated. I have no doubt that most ATVers will be respectful. However, as we know from living on a busy ATV trail, there are always some who have little respect for themselves, the environment and others: drunk driving, littering, speeding, destroying roads, driveways and private properties. I find tons of garbage on my 2.5 km stretch of road every year. It’s not the car drivers that stop at road intersections and drop off all their beer cans and garbage in piles. Drinking and ATV driving also seems to be the norm in this region, deduced from the litter we find.
If ATVs are allowed to share the PPJ trail, why not include a fee for trail repair, garbage clean-up, and other damages commonly caused by ATVs in Club Quad’s membership? If funds remain at the end of the year, it can be returned to members or reinvested in the Club. This would not only entice responsibility in the community, but would make the Club take responsibility for its impact and the hooligans too. 

B. Porter
THORNE