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Letter: Toys on the trail

I was pleased to read comments favoring wildlife at a management meeting for the Glassier property (“Midvalley’s Glassier plan coming together,” May 22, The Aspen Times). It was refreshing to know someone was speaking for the natural world instead of their own special interests.

It appears that mountain bicyclists want to go everywhere. These two-wheeled locusts trammel the trails and cut new, unauthorized ones. Like their close cousins, the road bikers, who rarely observe trail etiquette, they seem to think it’s only about them. Last year I was hiking down from Hay Park when a herd (gaggle?) of mountain bikers came into view ascending the same road I was going down. Thinking that trail etiquette required me to keep to the right, I kept to the right and continued down. A rider kept coming at me until I had to either jump into the brush or stop. Going to the left side was not an option because the rest of the herd was there. I stopped. She stopped with an exasperated exhalation. What was I doing on the trail, in her way?

We need to have more areas isolated from us humans and especially from us humans riding our toys, which allow us to penetrate deeper and farther into prime habitat. I’m sure there are responsible mountain bikers, road bikers, all-terrain-vehicle riders, hikers and dirt bikers, but there are enough bad apples of each kind to ruin a whole lot of territory.

Gerry Terwilliger

Basalt


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