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Friends of the Fells Continue To Play Dirty
The Fof are at it again. Saturday the 25th, there was supposed to be a very large trail maintenance day in the Fells. I say "supposed to be" because it was fully approved by the DCR. A large section of the Mountain Bike loop was going to be rerouted to singletrack. The day before the trail work, the Fof put up a big stink and got the huge event cancelled the day before. 'Cancelled' or just 'Postponed'? That remains to be seen. If the Fof have anything to do with it, it will be cancelled forever.

That's the point of the Fof, they really don't care about improving the trails, they're only concern seems to be banning bike, maintaining existing bans, and getting more bans.

Meanwhile the Fof does they're own trail maintenance that is very detrimental to the trails. It's mostly cheap, fast, token trail work so that bike groups aren't the only ones doing trail work.

None of their anti-bike arguments hold any water, and hopefully this latest slap in the face is enough to finally rally mountain bikers together and fight back. The mountain biker tactics of the last . . .8+ years has been to simply grin and bear it. This has gotten mountain bikers almost nothing. We need to step up and fight for access rights we deserve. Someone needs to step up and lead this movement.

  • Comments
  • not completly true
    You mention that the Friends does cheap, fast and token trail maintenance so that bike groups aren't the only ones doing it. I'm a mountain biker, a trail runner and a dog walker and I have volunteered with the Friends to do trail maintenance. If you're interested in maintaining a trail, reply and I'll head out there with you and help. Back to the subject...the trail maintenance the Friends does is not cheap, fast or token. It takes hours to walk along a single trail and pick up broken glass, garbage, cut back the poision ivy, hand cut a waist-high log that has fallen across the road. That effort is neither cheap, fast or token.
    Comment Posted by (cknaff at comcast dot net) on May 17th, 2009
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