Thursday, March 22, 2018

OP-ED: Mountain Biking

    by Mike Vandeman

    A favorite myth of mountain bikers is that mountain biking is no more harmful to wildlife, people, and the environment that hiking.

   Have you no ethics? Mountain biking and mountain bike trail-building destroy wildlife habitat!

    India, especially, can't afford to lose more habitat! What were you thinking??? Bicycles should not  be allowed in any natural area.

   They are inanimate objects and have no rights.   There is also no right TO mountain bike. It's dishonest of mountain bikers to say they don't have access to trails closed to bikes.

   They have exactly the same access as everyone else--ON FOOT! Why isn't that good enough for mountain bikers?

   Mountain biking accelerates erosion, creates V-shape ruts, kills small animals and plants on and next to the trail, drives wildlife and other trail users out of the area and worst of all, teaches kids that the rough treatment of nature is okay! (It's NOT!)

    Please spread the word...The future of our remaining wildlife depends on it.


Anonymous said...

I think its better that 4 wheelers. they are deadly to wildlife. I'd rather see bikes, than motorcycles and off roaders.

Anonymous said...

No guns, or any omotorized vehicles should ever be allowedd in the forest.

Anonymous said...

Sure, until you go hiking and about killed by a kamikaze bike at 25 mph. Hiking only and separate bike trails.