http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/...0,896947.story

LA Times on Saturday published an editorial entitled "Saving America's Wilderness." In it the writer gives his support to the upcoming wildnerness bill because:

"Designating lands as federal "wilderness areas" bans motorized vehicles and most road building, instead setting them aside for hiking, biking, tent camping, fishing and the like."
The author has it completely wrong. As we know, biking is not allowed in wilderness since a 1984 ruling that classified bicycles along with Motorized transport under a "mechanized" transport category.

In the McKeon Bill that this article supports, Pleasant View Ridge is designated as wilderness. [SIZE=2]T[/SIZE]he Pleasant View Ridge area has two significant north south trails that connect on both sides to make an epic loop in the Angeles National Forest. The SoCal Forest Plans protect the area from development and manage as an environmentally sensitive area. It should not be, nor need not be Wilderness.

So if you feel like a newspaper should get it right, you can write a letter to the editor at letters@latimes.com

My letter:

Saving America's Wilderness Error

In your Saturday, September 13 editorial entitled "Saving America's Wilderness" the author erroneously states that bicycles are allowed in designated wilderness areas:
"Designating lands as federal "wilderness areas" bans motorized vehicles and most road building, instead setting them aside for hiking, biking, tent camping, fishing and the like."
This is completely wrong, and the reason for which I cannot support the wilderness bill referenced in the article.

It is common sense that bicycles are not motorized transport, but a 1984 ruling classified bicycles as "mechanized" transport, thus lumping them in with motorcycles, ATV's, etc. The result is that bicycles have been prohibited in wilderness areas since then.

Some of the areas covered in this bill offer unique backcountry bicycling opportunities that would no longer be available to California's hundreds of thousands of mountain bike enthusiasts should the bill pass.

Your newspaper, in this article, is perpetuating the myth that mountain bike riding is permitted in Wilderness areas, a misconception unfortunately held by many lawmakers who are often surprised to hear their votes could cut off bicycle access to existing trails.

There are other protections available, and under which much of the proposed lands already fall, that manage safety, access, and preservation in a more equitable manner than wilderness.

Sincerely,