When it comes to the longest trails in the country, mountain bikes haven’t been welcome.
Congress banned bicycles from the Appalachian Trail before our sport evolved, and access to the Pacific Crest Trail was eliminated in 1988, before mountain bike advocacy had fully developed. With nearly 5,000 miles of iconic trail off-limits on either coast, mountain bikers have had to look to the Rocky Mountains for their taste of epic, backcountry riding.
The 3,100-mile Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST) is truly a unique resource for the mountain biking community. Running the spine of the Rockies from Canada to Mexico, the CDNST is largely open to bikes in non-Wilderness areas. But now that appears to be in danger as well.
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Bike access to the country’s longest shared-use trail is now in jeopardy. The Forest Service just released a draft rule that would encourage land managers to kick bikes off existing routes, and not include us on future segments. Your voice is needed to help preserve our access!
-File formal comments with the Forest Service. IMBA’s simple form makes it easy. https://secure2.convio.net/imba/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=161&JServSessionIdr011=zckuf84if3.app8b
-Spread the Word
-Rally your friends and ask them to echo your support for bike access on this outstanding trail. We need thousands of comments to hold out hope for continued access.
-Help Maintain the CDNST
-If you live or play near the CDNST, consider organizing or attending trailwork days to help build and maintain this magnificent trail.
-Donate: The IMBA Legal Fund needs your financial support to preserve singletrack. https://secure2.convio.net/imba/site/Donation?ACTION=SHOW_DONATION_OPTIONS&CAMPAIGN_ID=1802&AddInterest=1101&JServSessionIdr011=zckuf84if3.app8b