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No Bikes In Wilderness Irks MT Riders

Posted by nationalforestlawblog at 02:40 PM on May 13, 2009

Montana - The Missoulian reports that the International Mountain Bike Association plans to appeal the Beaverhead Deerlodge's restriction on mountain bikes.  The plan would close portions of the Continental Divide Trail to bikers.  Apparently, human powered bikes are not compatible with wilderness.   According to the article:


Mountain bikers argue their sport should be considered closer to hiking and horseback riding than to motorized all-terrain vehicles or aircraft where wilderness is concerned. But so far, there's been no reconsideration of federal rules categorizing different recreation methods.

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"As long as wilderness groups push their all-or-nothing strategy, they will continue to butt heads with cyclists, and the conflict may be enough to stop roadless areas from being protected," Teasdale said. "This is something that neither cyclists nor wilderness advocates want to see happen."

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