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    Wilderness and Mountain Biking

    This 2010 article is a good explanation of wilderness and mountain biking (mechanized non-motorized use):

    http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor...ng-Rubber.html

    I found this especially interesting:

    A 2006 study by the National Park Service concluded that "Horse and ATV trails are significantly more degraded than hiking and biking trails...[T]he proportion of trails with severe erosion...is 24% for ATV trails, 9% for horse trails, 1.4% for hiking trails and 0.6% for bike trails."

    Personally, I have to reluctantly support the IMBA position as a reasonable compromise. It is better to be effective than right sometimes.

    Speaking of feds and riding, there is a lot of "travel planning" coming up as land managers take on the contentious issue of people and their chosen conveyances on the land. Lots of opportunity for mountain biker involvement.

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    A couple of things to point out:

    1) typically the managing agency is does not advocate/lobby to designate Lands as wilderness. Proposals are usually the work of NGO's who lobby Congress. The agency just gets stuck with managing lands in the manner they are required by law (and policy).

    2) banning bikes from wilderness has more to do with "primitiveness" than erosion. Horses are way harder on trails but are usually considered a primitive form of transportation than a mountain bike.

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