DCR Gives Mountain Bikers The Shaft Despite Overwhelming Public Support
January 7th, 2011
The DCR has sent out a letter to users and supporters of the Fells. They have also posted a summary of all of the comment letters they have received. And despite the overwhelming public support for increased fairness in the Fells, the DCR is siding with the anti-bike crowd and doing nothing for now. With the promise that when their Resource Management Plan comes out, then a few trails may be opened to bikers.
In my opinion, these two documents are a giant F-U to the mountain bike community. The DCR acknowledges that bikes have the same impact on the trails as hikers. But they are still going to side with the minority (primarily the Friends of the Fells) and keep mountain biking fully restricted now, with the hope that it will only be heavily restricted in the future.
This is a HUGE disappointment after the past year, where the DCR has always given the impression that they want to do right by the public. Apparently they mean only the public that doesn't ride a bicycle.
DCR Letter to Users and Supporters:
DCR Summary of Comments Received: