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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Eastern PA Mountain Bike Action Alert: April 2007

    Eastern PA Mountain Bike Action Alert: April 2007
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    Joe Transue
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    610-533-0942
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    Deadline for Public comment: April 6th, 2007

    Recently Valley Forge National Historic (VF) Park has published its general master plan and the Eastern PA mountain bike community has become extremely concerned about the verbiage in the VF master plan. The park management is recommending closure of the trails to mountain bikes with no exclusions. There are three options in the master plan which can be viewed at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectH...rojectId=11314
    VF has had a long history of challenges through budgetary concerns, not devoting resources to trail management which has affected the very cause of this alert. The trail system at VF desperately needs the help of not only other user groups but more importantly the mountain bike community. These trails are under-designed and doesn’t have the protocols in place to address trail degradation. Since the trails are closed to mountain biking we feel the park management is excluding one of the most proactive user groups here in Pennsylvania. Mountain Biking in PA has a long history of riders who embrace our state’s rich tradition of outdoor recreation. On countless state parks and other permissible lands you can find PA mountain bikers riding, maintaining and recently assisting in designing of sustainable trail systems that can be used by all user groups with minimal impact. Land managers, state agencies and private land owners are realizing that the mountain bike community is organizing itself and educating its users and other users on sustainable trail design.

    The PA mountain bike community is asking your help to encourage the park management to proactively sit down with PA mountain bike advocates to create a partnership in rebuilding and designing the trail system at VF.

    Please take time to comment and encourage others to do so based on your own personal feelings and based on the following talking points:
    • Please consider land prescriptions that protect natural resources and allow bicycle access.
    • Mountain bikers value singletrack experiences in all trail systems like state parks and national park areas.
    • Shared-use trails are the most efficient use of agency resources and help build a community of trail users.
    • Please implement policies allowing local clubs to form volunteer partnerships with their local park managers.
    • Focus on multi-use and bike trails in areas that aren’t being currently used i.e. land across river from non-historic parts
    • Recognize that trails designed correctly can dramatically decrease impact and better provide users with a more pleasurable experience
    • Institute a multi-user community patrol system which can be implemented by IMBA.
    • Many users now utilize national historic parks to recreate and without trail opportunities patron usage can not be fully embraced.
    • Not allowing bicycle usage can negatively affect other parks and trails systems by shifting usage to other areas.
    - Other National Parks in PA have embraced the mountain bike community
    • Reach out to local mountain bike advocates like the local PA IMBA representatives and local advocates to help implement all parts of trail design and construction.
    To make public comments online please go to:
    http://parkplanning.nps.gov/commentF...cumentId=17583



    Please contact with your comments to:
    Mike Caldwell
    Superintendent; Valley Forge National Park
    1400 North Outer Line Drive
    King of Prussia, PA 19406
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    (610) 783-1077
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    (610) 783-1060

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    Do you pay taxes to the Feds?

    Ok, I put in my $.02.

    Though I would suggest that ANYONE, not just eastern PA folks, who pays taxes to the feds be encouraged to submit comments about the operation of a National Park, especially one with such a high visiblity and that can have an impact far beyond SE PA.

    With a little organized maintenance, VF could be a primo demonstration for sustainable trails.

    Please submit your Comments TODAY!

    Thanks.

    Mike
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    Good job!

    I'm in!

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    posted mine... lets hope for the best.

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    ive done mine...

    as hardtail610 said this is a federal thing - why not post this in general discussion thread???

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    Did too!

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    even though being reactionary is always more challenging it does however get everyone interested. i want to thank everyone for doing their part. we're all just one tooth on the chainring. Once in a while the chainring hits a log, but we roll over it(i know it's corney(sp))

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    Ok, I will write to them. I do know this when I first moved here many moons ago VF was wide open to bikers. Also not trying to cause trouble but has anyone who spoke to Rangers pick up a sense that enought people write they might reconsider? Don't worry I too will write but just wondering if rangers are just stubborn due to past abuse by careless people riding their. Thus ranger thinking is it's not worth it due to abuse by dumb riders riding where they should not be.

    Please keep updating.

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    It's not the Rangers

    Quote Originally Posted by Atomic300
    Ok, I will write to them. I do know this when I first moved here many moons ago VF was wide open to bikers. Also not trying to cause trouble but has anyone who spoke to Rangers pick up a sense that enought people write they might reconsider? Don't worry I too will write but just wondering if rangers are just stubborn due to past abuse by careless people riding their. Thus ranger thinking is it's not worth it due to abuse by dumb riders riding where they should not be.

    Please keep updating.
    It's the park superintendent that really makes the calls. In my interactions with the rangers, they're pretty neutral on the issue with the exception of the fact that they don't have the manpower to patrol the trails. We were even talking about how they wanted new bikes to be able to partol the existing legal trails, so my guess is that they are probably more for opening the trails than against opening them. Again, it really bolis down to the superintendent's posture regarding the preservation of the national treasures in VF, and the budget he has to accomplish that objective.

    Bob
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