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Re: “Building the Missing Link Trail

Hikers and Horses should not be allowed in any natural areas. They have no rights as they are not part of the natural landscape of nature. Hikers and horses cause erosion, pollution and kill small and large animals in natural areas. Houses, cars and airplanes have no rights as they are inanimate objects. Since the whole world is one natural landscape of nature, all unnatural objects should be abolished, why just stop at bikes. Roads ruin the natural landscape and should not be allowed. Creating power causes pollution and global warming which harms all of nature and should be stopped.

Mountain bikers create and maintain trails all around the area that hikers and horses use constantly. We design trails to be sustainable and to stand up to the wear and tear that use causes. We police ourselves to stay on trails and not do things like going around mud, widening trails and causing erosion which hikers do. We avoid going on trails when muddy to not damage trails which equestrians do all the time. We have social media groups set up to allow us to communicate about the conditions of the trails so we don't cause damage. We try to educate each other on being polite on trails and yielding to hikers and equestrians. Any form of outdoor recreation is inherently dangerous. People get injured or die all the time from hiking and horseback riding. Silly argument.

Through some fallacy, hikers and equestrians seem to think they somehow have more rights then other use groups. This is simply not true. Should bikes be allowed in every natural area, probably not. Should they be banned on parts of the Continental or Colorado trails, absolutely not. Someone bike packing causes no more damage than any other user group. My bike has two contact points with the ground same as your shoes. They are also softer than your shoes. Unless you are walking barefoot through a wilderness area naked and unsupported you really have nothing to say about this. Get a life and get over yourself.

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Posted by JeffW on 06/02/2016 at 11:01 AM

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