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Old 04-02-2017, 11:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Change to Wilderness Act to allow bicycles

A recent proposed amendment to the Wilderness Act would allow mountain bikes, game carts, wheelbarrows, and strollers, among other human-powered mechanisms. The bill is House Resolution 1349.

Wheelchairs are are allowed already under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

A similar bill was introduced to the House in 2015 by Utah's Mike Lee, but died on the floor.

A note I found at a trailhead in 2015:

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The comment in your photo is kind of ill informed. I used to ride my horses up Am Fork canyon, but finally stopped because it was too dangerous. Mtn bikes ride the trails too fast and silently. I had them run into my horse twice and had several near misses. Dirt bikes are almost as bad, they rarely give right of way and I had a few close calls, but they are so loud we got off the trail before they came by.

Hiking is almost as bad. We've had several close calls with the family and both Mtn bikes and dirt bikes. They just ride way too fast. My son did a service project in AF Canyon where the FS had his group reroute a trail to slow down Mtn and dirt bikes.

But change comes and life goes on-- just less enjoyable for many.

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The comment in your photo is kind of ill informed. I used to ride my horses up Am Fork canyon, but finally stopped because it was too dangerous. Mtn bikes ride the trails too fast and silently. I had them run into my horse twice and had several near misses. Dirt bikes are almost as bad, they rarely give right of way and I had a few close calls, but they are so loud we got off the trail before they came by.

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My comment is about Wilderness Areas, not general National Forest lands.

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Old 04-02-2017, 12:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I don't think we are in danger of having "too much" wilderness. There are plenty of places that are open to everything, which is great. I'm glad there are a lot of options for all fitness levels and ages. I'd prefer wilderness remains as untouched as possible.

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My comment is about Wilderness Areas, not general National Forest lands.r

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Well your post contained a photo of a person comparing AF canyon to opening Wilderness. I was commenting on your photo.

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I think so. Mountain bikes are not going to ruin the wilderness areas.
And as a person that hates horses. I would love to bike in on an elk hunt.
It would also increase to use and also the people supporting its protection.
The more people use it the more they would be involved of the protection of the wilderness
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My comment is about Wilderness Areas, not general National Forest lands.

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True, but then you linked a picture with a reference to American Fork Canyon, which packout expounded on how its a poor example due to the dangers he cited.


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Don't get me wrong because this doesn't apply to most out there but I have found that a lot of mountain bikers to be some of the most in considerate people out there when they are riding a trial.

And when it comes to damaging a trail system bikers and horses do some of the most destruction that I have seen. I know of areas where horses have dug a rut a foot deep after a few years of using the same trail, and the problem with mountain bikes is they will start taking short cuts along the trails and causing even more damage.
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Well your post contained a photo of a person comparing AF canyon to opening Wilderness. I was commenting on your photo.

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True, but then you linked a picture with a reference to American Fork Canyon, which packout expounded on how its a poor example due to the dangers he cited.


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The picture of the registration sheet says "High Uintas WILDERNESS Registration" I didn't write that comment.

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