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FellsBiker Meets With DCR Fells District Manager
Today I met with the DCR's Fells District Manager. He is the main man in charge of what goes on in the Fells. We talked for several hours about what we each think about the situations in the Fells. He is a very down to earth guy who more than anything, seems to want to see both sides of this issue to get along and agree on things. I am skeptically hopeful that he can start to improve things in the Fells.

He wanted to talk about "Visions" of the Fells, and that got me thinking quite a bit. So I wrote down my vision in the form of a Trail Management Proposal. NEMBA and the Friends of the Fells have given the MDC and DCR many proposals over the years, and I followed suit. It's a short 4 page document that anyone can download from the newly created The "FellsBiker Proposal" page. This document is how I think the trail system in the Fells should be maintained, with regard to bicycles, and also in regards to users, maintenance and expansion in general. Feel free to read the Proposal and leave comments here.

  • Comments
  • Nice proposal
    Very nice work on the Fells proposal, I am in total agreement with your points and suggestions. I would like to write to the DCR to express my support for your proposal. What address should I write to and how should I refer to your proposal in my letter. Maybe you could add this information to the web page about the proposal.
    Comment Posted by Mark Hanson (mark at markandshannan dot com) on October 10th, 2006
  • I agree with your thoughtful proposal.
    I agree with the point that mountain bikers and hikers should be treated equally for the reasons given. At age 68 I still love mountain biking and do not see why I should be discriminated against for bogus reasons. I also like the proposed east-west mega loop in lieu of the present cross fells trail.
    Comment Posted by Tom Hawkins (twh at math dot bu,edu) on October 15th, 2006
  • Let's make if work!
    A policy of equal access with a coordinated trail committee that is not domininated by any single user group would go a long way towards bring the Fell's into alignment with other major parks. The constant bickering really has benefited no one, we all want to enjoy the outdoors and the vast majority of actual trail users get along just fine by using common sense and courtesy. Frankly, I think there is a lack of understanding regarding what constitutes mountain biking and just why we love singletrack so much!
    Comment Posted by Paul Losordo (plosordo at gmail dot com) on October 16th, 2006
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