.I have followed this (& alt.mb) for several years and would like to
.clarify something. I am a mountain biker, climber, hiker, backpacker,
.paddler, fisherman, skier, and Ph.D. bioscientist. I am sick of the
.bashing that mountain bikers take in this and other newsgroups.
Then why don't you answer the complaints about mountain bikers?
.seen these "bashers" out on the trail. Given my participation in all of
.the above activities, I am sensitive to each groups needs &
.perspectives. Not all mountain bikers are destructive insensitive speed
That's not what the discussion is about, if you haven't been listening.
That is only a small part of it. The primary reason for opposing mountain
biking (and the other destructive sports you mentioned) is that they
destroy wildlife habitat and drive wildlife out of their homes and away
from the resources they need.
Many of us are not. I would also like to argue the case that
.many hikers have made concerning the destructive nature of MBing in our
.Realize that the mere presence of a human in any forested area will be
.destructive to some extent.
Yes! That is exactly the point! And MTBs make it MUCH easier for humans to
get into wildlife habitat, and go farther and faster.
If mountain bikers:
.1)stick to designated singletracks/routes and only do so when conditions
.are not wet and muddy and
They never obey that one!
.2)do not skid and
That is a physical impossibility, and never happens.
.3) give way to all pedestrian and horse traffic and
That doesn't happen, either! Hikers and equestrians are being driven out of
the parks by bikers, who make the experience of being in the wilds VERY
unpleasant, if not to say dangerous.
.4) do not litter
Any vehicle makes it easier to carry lots of stuff, thereby increasing
litter. I know, because I pick it up.
.then their impact through an area will be minimal.
That is pure biologically ignorant BS. You should stick to subjects that
you know something about! Like maybe DNA?
.Furthermore, as a hiker I support designated areas which restrict all
.bikes. But I also support multi-use areas which do permit bikes.
.there are destructive mountain bikers, and they are the people that
.these "bashers" are referring to.
Not true. ALL mountain bikers ride off-road, and ALL ride in wildlife
But all MBers need not suffer as a
.consequence of some irresponsible ones. Every mountain biker I consider
.a friend is extremely sensitive to the fragility of the areas we use.
.On the other hand, many hikers are responsible, but some do litter,
.create and leave burn scars from camp fires, give their food up to bears
.(which will lead to bear death), fail to bury their excrement, urinate
.near waterways etc...But is the whole world bashing the hiking community
.for the acts of these insolents? I think not.
Maybe they SHOULD!
.This mountain bike bashing attitude will only serve to reinforce the
.continuation of bike restrictions in many of our forested areas in this
Good! It is better for the wildlife.
We must all come out from our narrow mental enclaves and work
.together (as non-motorized recreationalists) to ensure that each group
.acts responsibly. Feel free to comment.
I am working on creating wildlife habitat that is off-limits to
humans ("pure habitat"). Want to help? (I spent the previous 8
years fighting auto dependence and road construction.)