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    National Park Access

    To support mtb access within the Great Smoky Mountain National Park please add your name to the petition at the following link. Thank you.
    http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/mtbGSMNP

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    Do online petitions really do anything for anybody?

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    Good job! Add your name to the petition

    Don't know if it helps, but it can't hurt. There are also pen and paper petitions at many bike shops close to the GSMNP. Please add your name if you support bikes in the NP. Thanks.

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    Done.

    I'm from the east Tennessee are (Knoxville/Seymour) and will likely move back in the next few years. Riding in the parks would be awesome.

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    +1 more mtbGSMNP

    There needs to be one of these ti allow dogs with in the park. People are allowed to bring their kids, why not dogs. Hell, some of the kids that people bring there are far dirtier than dogs any day. Louder too!!
    I am not worn out, I am just taking my bike for a walk!

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    I went there last year it was really prettyful

    SIGNED

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    lets get a petition to open up designated wilderness also.

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    Signed....need more MTB access to the millions of acres...we keep getting locked out with our own tax dollars used to create barriers, post signs, Ranger's salaries, and rules.
    Get off the couch and ride!

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    I also signed I am from Hayesville and would love to ride there

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    Mods please move to Advocacy?

    I will repost what I wrote on another forum since you didn't respond there.

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbGSMNP
    Yes, it is politically feasible. Former President Bush, and avid mt biker himself, opened the door for this dialogue in 2008. Google his name along the words "bike" and "national park" and you can read for yourself.

    Second, designating trails as either hiking, mtb or horses alleviates congestion and many safety issues. Tsali uses this system, allowing each user group access to its trail system on a rotating basis-- mtb can use specific trails on specific days of the week.

    Lastly, why shouldn't mtb be permitted to enjoy the NP just as hikers, fishermen, horseback riders, etc..? It belongs to us too?
    I'm well aware of the Bush policy. It didn't go anywhere while he was president: how much influence do you think that decision has now that he's been out of office over two years?

    There are two ways to implement the solution you mention, and both have serious problems. You can either build new trails and open them to only one user group, or you can close existing trails to current users. Building more crap in national parks will always meet at least skepticism, as it should in my opinion. And national parks attract a very different kind of visitor than do state or local parks. They are the "big deal" destination vacations, not where people just spend an afternoon. Are you willing to tell the couple from New York that even though they just drove over a thousand miles and planned their trip for a year, they can't hike the trail they've always wanted because they happen to be there on a Tuesday?

    As to your final point, you will meet with two arguments, the first (in my opinion) more valid than they second. Firstly, mountain bikers are not a class of citizen, we are people who engage in the voluntary recreational activity of mountain biking. We as people are not excluded from our national parks, mountain biking itself is. So playing the victim isn't going to get you jack. And the activities you mentioned aren't allowed everywhere or even most places in many National Parks. Secondly, you will encounter the argument that mountain biking opens the gate for ORVs, and that association is the last thing this sport needs. The problem is that your argument does nothing to head this line of reasoning off. It is, after all, just as much the ATVer's park as it is the hiker or mountain biker, right?
    - Simon

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