Mountain bikers abusing their privileges
August 12, 2010 · 10:09 AM
You can’t reward illegal and destructive building of personal extreme toys just to suit one group.
If the bikers are now the principal users of Banner Forest, it’s because their presence and dangerous thrill-seeking activities have driven other, more passive, users away.
“Multi-use” trails are a mountain bike lie as they quickly become the exclusive use of the bikers while other users abandon the trails due to safety and quality-of-life considerations.
That mountain bikers want the public to finance their recreation while putting the public safety at risk is outrageous.
They need to pay to have their own private areas just for them. Equestrians don’t practice rodeo, pole-bending, calf-roping or cross-country jumping on public lands at public expense. They form clubs and pay to rent areas to do their extreme sports.
Likewise, BMX bikers and ORV people pay to have their own spaces.
It doesn’t belong in a peaceful park setting.