Last night was a high water mark in a long, long dry season of MTB advocacy at the Fells.
Time to get back to work however.
It was clear that DCR *wants* more comments submitted. This is **very** important to DCR. They are counting them all up - they had nice bar charts summarizing them. What struck me was that the bar representing "Expand Mountain Bike Access" wasn't very much higher than it's opposite "Don't Change a Thing" bar. We must do better.
Action Item: We need everyone who hasn't sent comments to send them in. Keep them short and to the point. Here's the original DCR source page: http://www.mass.gov/dcr/news/publicm...usersurvey.htm
Simply state that you:
1. Support increased mountain biking opportunities.
2. Support a change to the winter closure policy.
3. Support increased NEMBA volunteerism
4. Support after dark riding.
5. Support separating loop trail overlaps
6. Support providing access to the reservoir trail systems
7. Support improved signage
You don't need to answer all the questions -- just the ones that are important to you.
There are some basic principles we hope riders will support:
1. Fair and equitable access policy
2. Access to singletrack
3. More marked loops
4. Positive use to replace illegitimate use
It's even better if the comments are in your own voice and express your own concerns. We're not trying to control the message -- it's the getting a message out to DCR that is really important.
If you are looking for other ideas, here's some stuff that Greater Boston NEMBA has come up with (look at the bottom of the webpage): http://www.gbnemba.org/fells-action.html
Email your comments to: Paul.firstname.lastname@example.org
When you send them please also cc: email@example.com
Spread the word. Tell your friends. Make a point of getting the word out about this.
This is like when you are on the last leg of an epic ride and you can feel yourself beginning to bonk. We need to find that extra energy to keep us going and get us home because we have a lot of traction right now.
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