TRAIL WARS: Hikers and mountain bikers fighting in Marin over wild land trail access

TRAIL WARS:  Hikers and mountain bikers fighting in Marin over wild land trail access


IN MARIN COUNTY… KPIX FIVE’S JOHN RAMOS SHOWS US: MOUNTAIN BIKERS THERE ARE GETTING POLITICAL. In Marin County, motorists are told to share the road with bicyclists. But it seems that sentiment changes where the road ends. ARE ALLOWED ON FIRE TRAILS… BUT CYCLISTS SAY THEY’RE ONLY ALLOWED ON 9 PERCENT OF COUNTY LANDS… EVEN THOUGH THEY REPRESENT 40 PERCENT OF OPEN- SPACE VISITORS. BILL PAXTON– THE PROLIFIC

17 thoughts on “TRAIL WARS: Hikers and mountain bikers fighting in Marin over wild land trail access

  1. Go to OHV parts and fight it out with dirt bikes ! A lot of those bicycle riders are A HOLES they think there in a race same with the road bikes blocking car traffic ….. ip by Muir Woods is a mess

  2. If mountain bikers start riding on regular hiking trails, all the hiker will be pushed off the trails. No one wants to risk getting hit by a MB going +20mph down a trail. Have to keep them separate.

  3. What needs to be done is odd/even days … this has worked for year in busy popular trails in Tahoe (Tahoe is just an example … odd/even days is adopted many other places in the country as well).

    What really upsets me is some other areas in the country where bikers are being targeted on trails by hikers where biking associations/groups has built and maintained the trails for 10-15+ years. Needless to say, these were built for bike specific use (berms, jumps, drops, gaps) and you constantly see hikers struggling up and down trails yelling and cursing at mountain bikers as they shred down these "bike specific" trails.

    If everyone applied a bit more common sense and were courteous to one another, we would have such an easier time with this. I honestly don't think this has anything to do with mountain bikers having a devastating effect on wild life so much as the two crowds (hikers/mountain bikers) playing "nice" on the same trail. Once again odd/even days people. It's not that difficult!

  4. bikes are bad for the environment and wildlife??!!lol I creep through the woods all the time bird watching…..on a bike…..doesn't hurt or scare anything!!

  5. Hikers are the ones going off trails and disturbing wildlife bikers stick on the trails. Need more single track in marin

  6. All over the world there are mountain bikers riding trails. Except in Marin, where one type of trail user is discriminated against, and cyclists are not allowed on barely any trails. Why is it we are not hearing about all the issues with cyclists on trails where they are allowed? If these anti-bike advocates were correct, there would be mountains of issues that have arisen from cyclists on trails in other areas – but there are not…. hmmmm

  7. Myth: bikes cause more erosion than hikers: NOT SUPPORTED BY SCIENCE. Wilson & Seney (1994), who applied a prescribed treatment (100 passes each with four different types of recreational activity, followed by simulated rainfall to assess soil erosion potential) to 108 sample plots. The authors found that foot- and hoof-powered activities had a greater erosive potential than did wheeled activities…. AND… Thurston & Reader (2001) applied mountain biking and hiking to adjacent, previously undisturbed plots at five different intensities, and recorded soil exposure…Thurston (1998) also measured soil compaction resulting from the two activities. The findings are consistent with the curvilinear use-impact relationship described above, and found no significant difference in the effects on soils of the two activities… AND A study that was conducted on a multi-use trail network in Kentucky and Tennessee found that of all types of trails, bike trails were found to be the narrowest, to have the least amount of soil loss, and to have the least incidence of running water on the trails (Marion & Olive 2006).

  8. This is nothing "unusual" in Marin. Although there are roughly the same number of hikers as bikers, bikes are banned on 97% of Marin public trails. And there are zero bike only trails. It's plain Un-American and Un-Democratic. These overly-entitled fake environmentalists remind me of Trump.

  9. Bicycle riders are douchebags. If you want to ride off road then ride off the trail. Weak ass skinny white boys bitchin.

  10. I love it when the media doesn't do their homework. We all know that mountain biking was born in British Columbia, Canada.

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