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Support Mountain Bike Access in Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Mountain bikers have a unique opportunity to help expand bike access in Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley National Park (pictured). The park has proposed construction of 15 miles of new trails, but needs to enact a special regulation to permit bicycle use on them.

Take action! Let the National Park Service (NPS) know that you support this. IMBA urges mountain bikers who ride in Ohio’s Cuyahoga and Summit Counties to submit comments in favor of increasing bicycle access to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which is located between Cleveland and Akron. It’s quick and easy to send comments to the park’s superintendent via the Federal Rulemaking Portal. Please do so by December 15.

This is a significant opportunity to not only expand mountain bike experiences for riders in northeast Ohio, but to continue to demonstrate that mountain bikes can be compatible with the values of the NPS, and that different trail users can responsibly share recreational trails. IMBA is a leader in working with federal land agencies on the management of multi-use, natural-surface trails, and has been actively involved in Cuyahoga Valley’s planning process.

Here are suggested talking points to highlight in your comments:

  • Off-road cycling offers Americans a healthy exercise opportunity and a connection to the natural environment, both of which tie directly into the goals and values of America’s Great Outdoors and the First Lady’s Let’s Move Campaign.
  • According to the Outdoor Industry Foundation, bicycling is the number-one gateway activity that gets kids outside and interested in outdoor activities.
  • Visitation at all National Park Service units has decreased. Bicycling—in any form—can improve those numbers.
  • Improving bicycling opportunities in NPS properties can help promote tourism and economic development for nearby communities.
  • Mountain bikers are active volunteers, and could offer much-needed love to NPS trails requiring repairs. Last year, IMBA members alone volunteered 707,000 hours on public lands, valued at $15.6 million. The IMBA U.S. network conducts more than 3,000 trail projects annually that build and maintain 23,000 miles of trails, most of them multi-use.

Remember to submit your comments prior to December 15. Thank you!