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No wheels in our wilderness

Recently there was an article about House Resolution 1349, which would "amend the Wilderness Act to ensure the use of bicycles, wheelchairs, strollers and game carts is not prohibited in Wilderness Areas."

Are you kidding me? The point of wilderness is that it is wild.

Bicycles, wheelchairs, strollers and game carts are mechanized vehicles and not meant to disrupt a single-track footpath.

The mountain-bike craze has undone many peaceful experiences enjoyed by hikers and equestrians. Recently Prince Creek neighbors spoke out about their area being turned into a circus. I have heard some hiking friends describe their trail experience as similar to entering an amusement park. Sky Mountain Park is a prime work out area for many mountain bikers on their lunch break.

Personally, I think it is wonderful that so many people enjoy mountain biking, outside, under our Colorado blue skies, breathing clean air and moving under their own power. Mountain biking is a great work out, and I have no doubt that some riders stop to appreciate their surroundings.

I say please do not destroy our wilderness areas. Call your senators and Representatives and ask them to vote "no" on HR 1349.

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Preserve the only place left where a person can enter on their own two feet only, and hopefully leave no trace behind, although that is in doubt also.

Holly McLain

Carbondale

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