As a user of the trails described I think I would be worried about my safety even more on a snowmobile than walking or on a bike. An accident with another sled is likely to be atleast as dangerous to you as it would be to a cyclists. And while riding on a snowmobile you have very little chance to hear approaching vehicles so less opportunity to avoid them. I think if it is safe for you to ride a snowmobile on the trail it is as safe to ride a bicycle.
Originally Posted by Flatslide24
Riding snowmobile trails in Wisconsin is not illegal, but it's not always a great idea, either.
Originally Posted by tbutter
Riding the multi-use state trails like the Badger, Military Ridge and the like is flat-out legal if you have a current state bicycle trail pass.
Riding snowmobile trails on private land might be a gray area, but I'd point out that they are generally designated as being for snowmobile use only. Riding those isn't a great idea for two reasons:
1. They're not engineered like roads, so comparisons between the two don't really hold up very well. Snowmobile trails aren't subject to the same regulations that govern other motorized traffic, like sight lines, grades, etc.
2. The use arrangement between the snowmobile clubs and the landowners doesn't currently include bicyclists as legit trail users. I'm not sure anybody knows exactly what the implications are, but riding there without the liability agreements negotiated by the clubs could really open a can of worms if there's a crash fatality.
None of this means we couldn't come to terms with the clubs, just that we haven't yet.
Thanks for your input, but I feel you may be off on landownership and recreational liability as-well-as your view on multi use trails. Unfortunately you did not list what State you live in so I can only give you a reference from the American Council of Snowmobile Associations ACSA-American Council of Snowmobile Associations-a national organization that was formed to unite the snowmobile community. BTW I am not a lawyer but from my understanding these rights also protect the land owner even if they collect fees for the land with the trail only if they are getting the money from land leased to public agency.
Originally Posted by Flatslide24
Table 1: State Recreational Use Statute Information (06/2008)
Statute Number and Web Link
Alaska Statutes 09.65.200 and 34.17.055 Alaska Statutes: AS 09.65.200. Tort Immunity For Personal Injuries or Death Occurring On Unimproved Land. http://touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/...Section055.htm
California Government Code 2-2-3-2-846
CA Codes (civ:840-848)
Colorado Revised Statutes 33-41-101 thru 105.5
LexisNexis® Legal Resources
Connecticut General Statute 52-557(f)
Connecticut Recreational Use Statute
Idaho Code 36-1604
Illinois Compiled Statutes 745-65-1 thru 7
745*ILCS*65/**Recreational Use of Land and Water Areas Act.
Indiana Statutes 14-22-10-2
Indiana Code 14-22-10
Iowa Code XI-2-461C.1 thru 7
Iowa Code 461C.2
Maine Revised Statutes Annotated 14-1-7-159(A)
Title 14, §159-A: Limited liability for recreational or harvesting activities
Massachusetts General Laws I-21-17C
Michigan Compiled Laws 324.73301
Michigan Legislature - Section 324.73301
Minnesota Statutes 604A .20 thru 27
Montana Code 70-16-301 and 302
Nebraska Revised Statutes 37-729 thru 736
Nevada Revised Statutes 41.510
NRS: CHAPTER 41 - ACTIONS AND PROCEEDINGS IN PARTICULAR CASES CONCERNING PERSONS
New Hampshire Revised Statutes XVIII-212:34
Section 212:34 Duty of Care.
New York General Obligations Law 9-103
Laws of New York
North Dakota Century Code 53-08-01 thru 06
Ohio Revised Code 1533.18 thru 181
Lawriter - ORC - 1533.18 Recreational user definitions.
Oregon Revised Statutes 105.672 thru 700
Pennsylvania Statutes 68-11-477-1 thru 7
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South Dakota Codified Laws 20-9-12 thru 18
Utah Code 57-14-1 thru 7
Vermont Statutes Annotated 12-203-5791
The Vermont Statutes Online
Washington Revised Code 4-24.200 thru 210
RCW 4.24.200: Liability of owners or others in possession of land and water areas for injuries to recreation users ? Purpose.
Wisconsin Statutes 895.52 thru 525
Wisconsin Legislature: 895.52
Wyoming Statutes 34-19-101 thru 106
Originally Posted by ridebikeme
Well said I concur.
In Alaska the winter trail grooming money only comes from snowmachine registration or local clubs/nonprofits. The nonmotorized groups (mushers, bikers,skiers) can not support state grooming if they do not own a snowmachine, but they can form their own club/nonprofit or join an existing one.