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    Horses and Hikers Only.

    Is this the equivalent to a 'slap in the face' to a mountain biker?

    I've seen some trails like this and I thought they were mostly legacy and historical trails. But it it still seems to be the current mode of operation of Midpen and other trail groups.

    They tried to shove it in our face at the La Honda trail planning. We had a huge show of representation and they are reconsidering.

    But lately, I've been noticing and hiking a bit a the new Achistaca trail in Saratoga Gap http://www.openspace.org/preserves/m...ratoga_gap.pdf

    It's a pristine singletrack that is deserted and open to Horses and Hikers only.

    Also there's a lot of new small trails in Saratoga and they are all prominently labeled Horses and Hikers only.

    Why is that? How does this happen? What can we do? What are you going to do?

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    Discrimination against white bikes is NOT right. In the meantime get a different colored bike.

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    This is ridiculous. Mountain bikers, if allowed on trails, will provide much more volunteer trail maintenance than hikers and equestrians combined.

    If the whole "mountain bikers go too fast and scare me when I'm walking 4-abreast with my family" thing is the reason why MTB's aren't allowed, then MidPen could easily radar-enforce speeds. We know the rangers will be at the ready to ticket any bicyclist that attempts to enter those trails, might as well work together to weed out the speed demons and keep the trails maintained. Cooperation is the key to happiness.

    It's a crying shame how much singletrack is illegal for bicyclists.

    It's also a shame how land management groups hate to work with those who enjoy 2 wheeled recreation in order to create a better outdoor experience for all. In the end, none of us are on this planet very long, and excluding low-impact user groups (bicyclists) is a missed opportunity for the land management.

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    must mean it's a great bike trail!

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    i regularly ride off limits single track. ive NEVER seen a horse there (it wouldnt even be safe to ride a horse on this trail), and ive seen maybe 2 hikers in the 12 months ive been riding it..

    its shameful that riding a bicycle equates to committing crimes.

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    I suspect the reason Achistaca is off limits to bikes is that it doesn't connect at the other end to any trail that permits bikes.
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    If you were in the East Bay you'd lobby against the passing a bond measure to purchase more land that could be used for the same exclusive purposes and then be called a malcontent for wanting equal access.
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    Preaching to the choir. We all share the same sentiment I gather, unless people love riding fire roads.

    So when do we reach a critical point where we all disobey the white bike cruiser sign and poach in masses on weekends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Why is that? How does this happen? What can we do? What are you going to do?

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    Or when do we just start to replace every no bike sign with one that says "No Horses allowed" or "No hikers" and see how long before people start to scream. I'll bet it would happen pretty fast. And then when the noise starts, we all collectively say "well - how did that make YOU feel when you saw that sign? I've felt that way for years. It sounds like someone is trying to make a statement". If we can just find some masked man who makes signs to go on a few night rampage and disappear, we might get something going...
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    I have a different view of this trail and others like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomsmoto
    i regularly ride off limits single track. ive NEVER seen a horse there (it wouldnt even be safe to ride a horse on this trail), and ive seen maybe 2 hikers in the 12 months ive been riding it..
    I was running a narrow hillside single track with my dog one time, and came up against a horse. the horse literally took up the entire trail - the riders legs were brushing the vegetation on each side of the trail - absolutely no room to pass. I had to backtrack for a ways and then climb down off the side of the trail to let him by. Its absolutely ridiculous that a horse would be allowed on that trail. By the same token, hikers and bikes would not mix well on that trail. I can live with that, not every trail need be open to bikes. But the fact that a horse is allowed there... it just makes no sense to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twindaddy
    If you were in the East Bay you'd lobby against the passing a bond measure to purchase more land that could be used for the same exclusive purposes and then be called a malcontent for wanting equal access.
    Now you're just acting like a spoiled brat who wants to ride his bike everywhere without any regard for other users. [end of sarcasm]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Melt
    ride em anyways and hope we can outrun the ranger
    That's what I say Too. 30 years I've lived and ridden here trying to be a responsible rider and be good and not poach. But no more. All bets are off and let the chips fall were they may.
    I try and be as covert as possible and if i get caught then I'll pay the fine do the time and wait for another time to start all over again.
    This is BS always has been and as far as I can see always will be.There is no short term solution
    I know alot of good people try really hard to get and keep ST open around here, but unfortunately it's not working.
    What about that peice O sh*t trail they, MMWD, were supposed to give us on the back 40 of Mt.Tam?
    "Oh don't talk about it or ride it illegally or we'll loose the chance to get it." What? NOTHING. There stringin us along and were buyin it. Literally. In stupid fines for going over 15mph and riding trails that hardly anyone uses or takes the time to maintain.Or want to keep to themselves.
    If you really want good LEGAL riding then leave the bay area, because it's gonna take forever and I/we can't all go to Fruita/Downieville when we want good ST.
    Take your chance
    Take your Lumps
    Pick your moments and for Gods sake enjoy the Adrenalin rush while your poachin .You are not hurting anything including your chance to get /keep Bay area ST and DON"T LET THE MAN RULE YOUR LIFE OR LIE TO YOU!!!
    I'm sure I'll take plenty of sh*t for this but everyones doin it and know ones talkin cause your not supposed to talk about it so pretend i didn't say anything. The Emperor has no clothes and the White Elephant has left the building.Jeez.
    Rant over.
    Long live Temalpa, Northside, PCT, Western States,TRT, Skeggs, Nora, Matt Davis,Troop 80, Skyline to Sea trail and all the other great trails around the Bay Area that are off limits and may have been poached by you or me one time or another.
    Good luck to all who take the risk and remember when you see or hear the man,RUN FORREST RUN!!!
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    Out of curiosity, what's the average ticket for poaching non-bike trails?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlasticBike
    Out of curiosity, what's the average ticket for poaching non-bike trails?
    In 2005, it cost me $187. I think it's now almost $300 (??). That's MROSD tickets. Have no idea what a SC County Park ticket is.

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    Amen! +1,000,000. Temalpa makes me pucker.

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    Ok I'll bite on this one as I ride both Mt Bikes and Do endurance on horses

    The reason for that particular trail not being open to bikes is to provide a "safe" access for horses to hwy 9 and the Saratoga Toll Road trail which leads into Castle Rock and Big Basin State parks. It also keeps the horses off the Gap Trail that we all like to bomb down as we link the gap and long ridge. I can safely say all of you would be screaming bloody murder over horse poop and hoof print holes on the gap trail. The seperation also means the fire guys have way fewer bad horse/bike injury interactions to deal with and keeps bad Biker "press" away. We as bikers have the skills for the most part to deal with encountering someone head on while riding a hairpin. Most 1200 pound horses have the brain size of a walnut and react as prey animals when confronted by a strange on rushing creature...they bolt and most of the equestrian riders do not have the skill level to deal with it and get thrown. I'd rather not deal with the aftermath of it all. That said my horse rather enjoyed racing Mt Bikes down the trail [especially on Canyon Trail] but he was an exception not the rule

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    I need to rant:
    My Wife is an equestrian. Her horse is trained to deal well with motorcycles.
    I hike, ride mountain bikes, ride motor bikes, and drive rockcrawlers(jeeps).

    Its ironic that the horses seem to be the ones with the problem in a MTB/horse encounter, but the trails get closed off to MTBs. I feel there is infinitely greater numbers of trails around here for horses than bikes. I have ridden horses on some of them.

    The trail access situation disgusts me. The problem is overcrowding and the solutions are retarded. Who would think that if you have an overcrowded trail you should close it off to the faster noisier group so that they can go make the crowding even worse somewhere else. The situation is completely out of control.

    The only place to legally drive a 4x4 within 3 hours of San Jose is Hollister.

    The only places to ride a motorcycle within 3 hours of here is Hollister, Carnagie, Metcalf and a couple of tracks.

    Clear Creek just got closed over a bunch of BS.

    In my opinion the only good legal mtb trails around here are in Demo. Everything else has to be poached. Luckily its really easy to poach with a MTB. Poaching with a motor usually doesn't work out so well.

    Every reasonable terrain feature that is built on a legal mtb trail promptly gets torn down. Ironically this is done in the interest of "safety". Because of the likelihood of destruction all these poached features get built quickly and cheaply which makes them more dangerous. Imagine how much safer the trails might be if there were table tops instead of doubles.

    The situation with power sports is so bad that virtually every bad accident i hear about is due to a collision which is due primarily to over crowding which is due to trail closures. A few weeks ago I came across 2 motorcyclists that ran into each other in a trail intersection. Last week an acquaintance of mine broke his leg in a 3way motorcycle crash(overcrowded track). Basically every holiday weekend someone dies in an OHV collision in CA. 20 years ago there was probably 10x more terrain to ride, and many fewer people in this state.

    Cant stand it any more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoGoGordo
    That's what I say Too. 30 years I've lived and ridden here trying to be a responsible rider and be good and not poach. But no more. All bets are off and let the chips fall were they may.
    I try and be as covert as possible and if i get caught then I'll pay the fine do the time and wait for another time to start all over again.
    This is BS always has been and as far as I can see always will be.There is no short term solution
    I know alot of good people try really hard to get and keep ST open around here, but unfortunately it's not working.
    What about that peice O sh*t trail they, MMWD, were supposed to give us on the back 40 of Mt.Tam?
    "Oh don't talk about it or ride it illegally or we'll loose the chance to get it." What? NOTHING. There stringin us along and were buyin it. Literally. In stupid fines for going over 15mph and riding trails that hardly anyone uses or takes the time to maintain.Or want to keep to themselves.
    If you really want good LEGAL riding then leave the bay area, because it's gonna take forever and I/we can't all go to Fruita/Downieville when we want good ST.
    Take your chance
    Take your Lumps
    Pick your moments and for Gods sake enjoy the Adrenalin rush while your poachin .You are not hurting anything including your chance to get /keep Bay area ST and DON"T LET THE MAN RULE YOUR LIFE OR LIE TO YOU!!!
    I'm sure I'll take plenty of sh*t for this but everyones doin it and know ones talkin cause your not supposed to talk about it so pretend i didn't say anything. The Emperor has no clothes and the White Elephant has left the building.Jeez.
    Rant over.
    Long live Temalpa, Northside, PCT, Western States,TRT, Skeggs, Nora, Matt Davis,Troop 80, Skyline to Sea trail and all the other great trails around the Bay Area that are off limits and may have been poached by you or me one time or another.
    Good luck to all who take the risk and remember when you see or hear the man,RUN FORREST RUN!!!
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    Buzz Cut, thanks

    ... for the clarity. Always good to have a sensible voice, and especially from someone that stands in both of these user groups.

    Speaking from an East Bay rider's perspective, I think what bothers me most is that sheer number of cyclists on the trails seems to be no less than 10 for every horse & rider -- and I think that's very conservative. I don't have a problem with horses having access to trails, but it seems at times that there's really like two riders in the entire East Bay that take advantage of their trail access, and meanwhile, hundreds of us our spinning the same dull loops each day.

    It's a good idea to keep us separate on certain trails, agreed. But maybe the mileage of available trails should be proportionate to the number of users in each group, or at least closer to those proportions.
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    Political Muscle Needed

    Want to prevent trail closures for MTBers? Want to open new trails? Join and support (that means $$ and time) IMBA and your local MTB club/advocacy group. Around here we are building new trails. When only the equestrians and hikers show up at hearings about trail access, guess what - we mountain bikers get screwed.
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    i think the winds of change are a blowin'.....

    the mtn bike community is starting to become a political force to be dealt with. it has taken a long, long time but there are signs that we are starting to come together realizing that it is the only way to get some of what is fair in this area. i think what happened in the east bay around the bond measure and ebrpd board elections was a first tentative step in that direction.

    it totally sux that trail access is still so lopsided against the second largest (and likely fastest growing) user group, but the more we come together and voice ourselves in productive ways the more we will, over time, see changes made.

    as our group matures and comes together we become more powerful. it's just a very long road...but i have to be optimistic about something, and for today this is it!!

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    darkness seems to change the trail usage even more. don't see too many hikers or equestrians after dark on any trails. and heck at night, i don't even notice the red slash... all i see is a white bike sign... Love the way the mark the good trails....Go!!!

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    Essentially, they get the trails because they were there first.

    They are very well established, moneyed, and organized. Same with the Sierra Club. If they don't like what is going down they can sue and can afford to do so. Park Staff input says that getting these folk to change the usage of the trails to include bikes is a non-starter. So far, that has been true. The problem is that mtb'ers would rather ride their bikes than be politically active in any constructive way. That is not an accusation but a fact and who can blame them?

    I hear often that joining IMBA is way to help. I enjoyed the IMBA contact last year and their team was helpful in refocusing the BTCEB for it's mission. Fair enough. However it was the presence of new and talented volunteers from our community who have brought fresh ideas and methods to the game that has really made all the difference. New leadership was key to this revitalization and new effectiveness of an organization which, along with the Marin BTC, actually FOUNDED IMBA.

    It is a curiosity that IMBA local membership far outstrips local Bicycle Trails Counsel rosters. Yeah, it is nice when they come around for a trail work thingy or a conference. It is a fine resource and they are great people. Yet, who is it that attends the public meetings? Who delivers our message and makes the argument against huge opposition. Who is doing the dirty work, raising funds, or supporting the NorCal High School Racers?
    Who is taking the kids out to ride all year, not just once on Kids Day? Who is really doing the trail work, leading rides, writing letters, working to develop new trails. Who is really fighting the fight at the front lines? It is your local Trails Counsel, not IMBA.

    So when you start to talk about "joining" the battle I think it is pretty clear that hooking up with your local Trails Counsel is the most important thing you can do. This is where support is desperately needed. These are the people you see all the time on the trails and in the bike shops and at all the cycling events all year. The BTCEB, BTCM, ROMP, MBOSC, these are the folks who focus us at the local level and this is where mountain bikers can have a huge effect.

    Joining IMBA might make you feel good but it is you local trails counsel that is trying to get things done. Join up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fat.tires
    darkness seems to change the trail usage even more. don't see too many hikers or equestrians after dark on any trails. and heck at night, i don't even notice the red slash... all i see is a white bike sign... Love the way the mark the good trails....Go!!!
    Hey Fat:

    A friend of mine said he saw some horse tracks coming out of the Gaint Salamander trail recently. I am curious if on your white bike sign rides if you have had a chance to ride that trail? Seems a shame that horses get to ride the trail but the mountain bikers are once again put on the back burner.

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    We have a few dedicated folks in SOCAL, called CORBA, that through sheer persistence are able to keep trails open and get other trails open.

    CORBAMTB.com what is the norcal equivilent?

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    I agree with BerkeleyMike, the horses were there first. This is just lame and bogus. People in the 'old' days didn't ride horses to recreate, they rode them for transportation. That's NOT what's going on here.
    MidPen CLAIMS to not be in the business of recreation, therefore they don't give a rat's assss about bikes. We're there to recreate. Well, now, the horsies are sure as hell there to recreate, aren't they?

    I understand the reluctance of letting MTBs on 'old' horsey trails, but it totally escapes me to build new trails and exclude MTBs.

    I assume this is a part of MidPen's 65% of trails allowing bikes dealie...

    Sucks.

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    while civil disobedience (poaching) does not directly benefit the long term goals of opening land access - it can be a positive factor in creating an awareness of injustice for the short term; if this 'awareness' factor is used effectively by the local access groups it can lead to successes in long term access issues

    said another way - poach away! not like the access can get much worse than it is now. I'm fed up with the 'play nice and wait' formula which has not been fruitful ...

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    what's up Doc!

    Giant Salamander's not in my local bag o ticks. never ridden that one, but have heard it's on the list of good rides. i need to get out more often...
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    Quote Originally Posted by feetsnofail

    said another way - poach away! not like the access can get much worse than it is now. I'm fed up with the 'play nice and wait' formula which has not been fruitful ...

    "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." (Gandhi)
    I'm totally against poaching. The food is usually very bland and without texture. I prefer grilling.

    "Poaching can ruin a perfectly wonderful meal" (Julia Child)

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    Poaching creates an awareness of injustice?

    I see that but it is a very hard sell to people who simply see it as breaking the law, especially a law that protects a user groups' experience. I have tried this in EBATC meetings and one can feel very foolish, especially if any rude or thoughtless behavior is cited. Trying to explain that in terms of the stresses involved when caught poaching by a group of hikers is an even tougher sell.

    This sort of thread generates lots is sympathy for overwhelming a meeting and telling the powers-that-be what is really going down. The problem is that the real work comes in the meeting when it happens again next month, and the month after that and after that and then where is that hue and cry?

    Changing the context is what needs to happen for poaching to create an awareness of injustice. Changing context, changing perspectives takes lots of face-to-face time and persistence. People would rather ride their bikes..
    This is where I came in.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Shorts
    I'm totally against poaching. The food is usually very bland and without texture. I prefer grilling.

    "Poaching can ruin a perfectly wonderful meal" (Julia Child)
    ahh - good point ... let's 'grill' the MROSD Board :-D

    (whatup dude - lets do some poaching, then finish with a grilling =)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike
    I see that but it is a very hard sell to people who simply see it as breaking the law, especially a law that protects a user groups' experience.
    agree - and this is where it's difficult since there is no 'single' MTB group - we have XC'rs, DH'rs, AM'rs, FR'rs, etc ... each sub group has different usage needs.

    this is where the quantity of riding options comes into the equation. if MTB's were suddenly granted access to all trails, the total # of bikes on trails would be spread across the park lands somewhat more evenly. this would relieve the stress on the currently open trails and (hopefully) reduce the 'overwhelmed with bikes' focus that hiker groups have used in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feetsnofail

    this is where the quantity of riding options comes into the equation. if MTB's were suddenly granted access to all trails, the total # of bikes on trails would be spread across the park lands somewhat more evenly. this would relieve the stress on the currently open trails and (hopefully) reduce the 'overwhelmed with bikes' focus that hiker groups have used in the past.
    We start into this explanation and request and all the bluehaired board members' eyes gloss over and we lose them in a few minutes.

    They just don't want change.

    From the LaHonda meeting, they were adamant that the '65%' was more than enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike
    I see that but it is a very hard sell to people who simply see it as breaking the law, especially a law that protects a user groups' experience. I have tried this in EBATC meetings and one can feel very foolish, especially if any rude or thoughtless behavior is cited. Trying to explain that in terms of the stresses involved when caught poaching by a group of hikers is an even tougher sell.

    This sort of thread generates lots is sympathy for overwhelming a meeting and telling the powers-that-be what is really going down. The problem is that the real work comes in the meeting when it happens again next month, and the month after that and after that and then where is that hue and cry?

    Changing the context is what needs to happen for poaching to create an awareness of injustice. Changing context, changing perspectives takes lots of face-to-face time and persistence. People would rather ride their bikes..
    This is where I came in.....
    I'm not sure they see it as simply breaking the law, but more of an excuse to become over-protective of what they think they own. They know it's no worse than j-walking, changing lanes without using the signal, or driving 5 mph over the speed limit. They will just play it up like it armed robbery.

    For myself, I saw the MTB race at Mission Peak get shut down just a week or two before the race in 1985 and it's been the same since. I don't have the time to wait another 20 years. If the single track gets opened while I'm on my deathbed that doesn't really help me very much. Like the other person above said, I'll just ride and if I get caught politely take the ticket and pay the fine. Call it an extra access fee.

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    Horse owners are richer and with better political connections. There is no other reason to allow horses and prohibit bicycles.

    All popular horse trails are eroded and covered in manure. Vast majority of horse owners behave like a first grade *******s.

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    I think you'll find that most of them in the East Bay are low to mid income Mexicans. And before anybody says anything, I've found that every one of them are very friendly unlike the uptight few rich people with horses.

    Seriously, you can get a nice, mild, middle-aged trail horse for like $1,500. Almost anybody can have one.

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    Here's my simple logic. For all I know it's already being used to argue FOR bikes on trails. As for longevity of a trail due to use, the mountain bike versus the horse can be explained in terms of pressure and shear force on the trails. I have ridden a trail for two years, along with many other cyclists. One tour of three horses permanently deformed that trail, whereas all of the cycling left no discernible traces.

    A mountain bike wheel rolls on a patch with approximately 35 psi.
    A horse hoof impacts the trail with about 60 psi. Furthermore it not only doesn't roll, but it has sharp edges that shear the trail, leaving damage with each step, depending on hardness of the trail.

    Plus, bikes don't defecate on the trail for other users to deal with. Geez. I"m so sick of this antiquated argument. Besides we outnumber them by magnitudes.

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    I can't agree with your description of equestrians in the East Bay

    nor with any idea that at $1500 investment in a horse makes it affordable. Now that I think of it, though, if you just hung ol' Paint in the shed or garage when you weren't using her it could be cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregg K
    Besides we outnumber them by magnitudes.
    But not by donation dollars and availability of spare time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Razorfish
    I think you'll find that most of them in the East Bay are low to mid income Mexicans. And before anybody says anything, I've found that every one of them are very friendly unlike the uptight few rich people with horses.

    Seriously, you can get a nice, mild, middle-aged trail horse for like $1,500. Almost anybody can have one.
    It's easier to manage the cattle herds in the hills on horseback rather than ATVs - they're banned from the trails
    $500 million for more irresponsible EBRPD land management? No thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twindaddy
    It's easier to manage the cattle herds in the hills on horseback rather than ATVs - they're banned from the trails
    They manage them?

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    Mahatma Gandhi Approach?

    How about Mahatma Gandhi Approach.... I say the MTBRs should take the Mahatma Gandhi approach and hike on the horses only trail and stand in the middle of the trail and block the horse riders from using the trail for a formal protest. Let's take some action!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curmy
    But not by donation dollars and availability of spare time.
    (1/2 serious): Maybe we need to go recruit riders from the AARP crowd. Some of them have dollars, and damn near all of 'em have spare time. Any geriatric recreation specialists on the board want to start a "Take a Geezer Biking" program?

    (less serious): Sorry if I offended anyone; I know that AARP and geriatric are not synonymous. I've just always liked how the word "geezer" rolls off the tongue.... "Geeeeeeezzzeeerrrrr...." It's the only reason I listen to Black Sabbath. In his case, it is synonymous.
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    This thread must have been moved.

    There are alot of ways for clubs to have a better impact. The disconnect from people seemingly thinking that taking such a rebellious attitude will work is pretty Hollywood. But all the same with the way most multi-user area's are set up with a bias against mountain biking, these attitudes will always be prevalent regardless of how hard many folk who are aligned with advocacy suggest a more productive alternative.

    To me i move on and do what i can do to make a positive impact in spite of what's going on. Even doing ride leads i can take time to show people proper etiquette, so on so forth. Stuff takes time, but it's too bad so many people are resolved to not be the wind to the backs of the process.

    A huge step into the process is the internet. i'm in hopes our group Evergreen continues forward with ideas like our Trail Wiki, based on the Wikipedia Format. We have trail pages where interested people can inform and educated on multiple levels. Not only trail conditions, but when important meeting are going down etc...

    http://evergreenmtb.org/wiki/index.php?title=Advocacy

    The internet is so key to advocacy today, it's such a valuable tool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diesel_Junkie
    I need to rant:
    My Wife is an equestrian. Her horse is trained to deal well with motorcycles.
    I hike, ride mountain bikes, ride motor bikes, and drive rockcrawlers(jeeps).

    Its ironic that the horses seem to be the ones with the problem in a MTB/horse encounter, but the trails get closed off to MTBs. I feel there is infinitely greater numbers of trails around here for horses than bikes. I have ridden horses on some of them.

    The trail access situation disgusts me. The problem is overcrowding and the solutions are retarded. Who would think that if you have an overcrowded trail you should close it off to the faster noisier group so that they can go make the crowding even worse somewhere else. The situation is completely out of control.

    The only place to legally drive a 4x4 within 3 hours of San Jose is Hollister.

    The only places to ride a motorcycle within 3 hours of here is Hollister, Carnagie, Metcalf and a couple of tracks.

    Clear Creek just got closed over a bunch of BS.

    In my opinion the only good legal mtb trails around here are in Demo. Everything else has to be poached. Luckily its really easy to poach with a MTB. Poaching with a motor usually doesn't work out so well.

    Every reasonable terrain feature that is built on a legal mtb trail promptly gets torn down. Ironically this is done in the interest of "safety". Because of the likelihood of destruction all these poached features get built quickly and cheaply which makes them more dangerous. Imagine how much safer the trails might be if there were table tops instead of doubles.

    The situation with power sports is so bad that virtually every bad accident i hear about is due to a collision which is due primarily to over crowding which is due to trail closures. A few weeks ago I came across 2 motorcyclists that ran into each other in a trail intersection. Last week an acquaintance of mine broke his leg in a 3way motorcycle crash(overcrowded track). Basically every holiday weekend someone dies in an OHV collision in CA. 20 years ago there was probably 10x more terrain to ride, and many fewer people in this state.

    Cant stand it any more.
    My rambling incoherent rant is over.
    Why would you choose to be into an activity when there is no place to engage in it near where you live? Sorry, but it seems to be a fair question to me.
    Just because you want to do something doesn't mean there is some constitutional obligation for the government to accommodate it. When I was growing up in Indiana and was into dirt bikes (grew out of that long age thank god) the only places we had to ride where motocross tracks on private land. That's just the way it was and we accepted it. We didn't have some sense of entitlement that we had a right to ride where ever we wanted.

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    Yes, this thread was copied from the Norcal board. There's a big ongoing discussion there.

    Good info and nice wiki. That is excellent insight to the internet being a key advocacy tool.

    We were blind and scattered. Now we may have a light to find our way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skookum
    This thread must have been moved.

    There are alot of ways for clubs to have a better impact. The disconnect from people seemingly thinking that taking such a rebellious attitude will work is pretty Hollywood. But all the same with the way most multi-user area's are set up with a bias against mountain biking, these attitudes will always be prevalent regardless of how hard many folk who are aligned with advocacy suggest a more productive alternative.

    To me i move on and do what i can do to make a positive impact in spite of what's going on. Even doing ride leads i can take time to show people proper etiquette, so on so forth. Stuff takes time, but it's too bad so many people are resolved to not be the wind to the backs of the process.

    A huge step into the process is the internet. i'm in hopes our group Evergreen continues forward with ideas like our Trail Wiki, based on the Wikipedia Format. We have trail pages where interested people can inform and educated on multiple levels. Not only trail conditions, but when important meeting are going down etc...

    http://evergreenmtb.org/wiki/index.php?title=Advocacy

    The internet is so key to advocacy today, it's such a valuable tool.

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