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Speak Out for MTB Access on National Scenic Trails

Continuing its Long Live Long Rides advocacy campaign, IMBA is calling for mountain bikers to speak out for improved access on America's National Scenic Trails. The USDA Forest Service needs to hear from mountain bikers—your messages and letters are vitally important!

IMBA is not calling for unlimited bike access to the National Scenic Trails system. Reasonable, well-considered improvements in bike access on these trails would benefit millions of Americans and is fully compatible with the goals of the National Scenic Trails Act.

Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail

IMBA and local advocates have been closely involved with the Forest Plan Revision for the Inyo, Sierra and Sequoia Forests for several years. The plan does contain some positive management ideas, but the proposed action would further the prohibition of bicycles on the Pacific Crest Trail. It would even go a step further and delegate inherently governmental decision making authority to the Pacific Crest Trail Association on trails that cross the PCT.

Do not delay! The Forest Service has extended the comment period until 10/3/14.

Suggested talking points include:

  • The plan should include a trail planning Objective that will allow for a purposefully designed trail system, including bicycles.
  • Object to management that furthers the bicycle closure order on the Pacific Crest Trail.
  • Object to the delegation of any inherently governmental decision making authority to the Pacific Crest Trail Association.
  • Mountain bikers can be a huge asset to the PCT—we contribute 700,000 volunteer hours annually to trail stewardship.

Continental Divide National Scenic Trail

The Forest Service recently indicated that it will reverse course on its decision to allow bicycles on a new singletrack section of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and Colorado Trail from Lujan Pass to Cochetopa Creek. We are awaiting a formal announcement, but IMBA has been told that the decision rests on the lack of a Unit Plan, an undefined component of the Comprehensive Management Plan for the CDNST. The opportunity to allow bicycles on this section will come with the development of a Unit plan in conjunction with the Rio Grande National Forest Plan Revision. One of the first opportunities to engage in that process will be at a public meeting in Saguache on October 15th at 4:30 pm and again at 7PM at the County Road and Bridge building.

  • Attend a public meeting in Saguache on October 15 at 4:30 PM and again at 7PM at the County Road and Bridge building.
  • Stay tuned for more information about how to make your voice heard.
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