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Old 05-03-05, 06:55 AM   #1
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National Parks Recognize Mtn Biking

US National Park Service recognizes mountain biking

Mountain bike riders have long been barred from everything but the tarmac in most of the US' National Parks - even fire roads are generally off limits. However, according to MTB access body IMBA, that's about to change after the organisation signed a five-year agreement with the National Park Service in which the service recognizes mountain biking as a positive activity, compatible with the values of the National Park system.

The agreement has the potential to open hundreds of dirt roads in National Park areas that have been closed to cycling. While National Park Service rules require a lengthy process to open singletrack to bicycle use, appropriate dirt roads may be opened with a more straightforward administrative process.

"This agreement represents a true breakthrough for mountain biking," said IMBA Executive Director Mike Van Abel. "It opens the door for individual park units to partner with mountain bikers and investigate new riding opportunities on a case-by-case basis."

As part of the agreement, IMBA and the Park Service will initially partner on two pilot projects to be selected later this year. The projects will bring mountain bikers and park officials together for on-the-ground teamwork and serve as models for future collaboration.
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Old 05-03-05, 07:12 AM   #2
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Now if we can only get hikers to stop sabotaging trails Ill be happy.
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That "agreement" makes it sound like this has been law for ALL parks for years.

Rocky Mountain National Park -- so friggin' awesome, you know ya gotta see it! -- has dirt open to bikes. At the very least, Fall Ridge "Road"... every year, the roadies race the mtb'ers to the top. Roadies take Trail Ridge Road.
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Old 05-03-05, 08:33 AM   #4
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Now if we can only get hikers to stop sabotaging trails Ill be happy.
No excuse, they should spend a few nights in jail if caught.
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Yeah, thanks to Clinton, in the remaining days of his rule, he passed the law allowing the frikkin Feds to confiscate MILLIONS of BLM land and push it into the US Park realm. Gee, and the mtb community was silent over it. Thought their man Bill was one of them....NOT. Once in the park system, our land (as in we the people) is GONE.
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I don't think it's gone....unless it get drilled on, that is.
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