So, this event is happening again on April 21.
To take on this event is more important now than ever due to the pending equestrian right-to-ride bill.
For the DNR to again permit a one day event allowing equestrians access to a section of nonmotorized trail on which they normally are denied access sets a dangerous precedent given the proposed bill which potentially would allow equestrians to have future access to trails on which they have had any previous historical access.
In other words, in the future the equestrians can say, "Sorry DNR. You let us have access to this section before. The law now says we can access it anytime from now on."
I'll be blunt in that I don't have the time and energy right now that I've had in the past to "rally the troops" on these issues. I wish I did.
However, we have thousands of mountain bikers in this State, many who are passionate about access and advocacy issues in addition to their max heart rates and local weekend mountain bike time trials.
Time for one of these folks to pick up the torch on this important issue.
All the salient facts, dialogue, and contacts are the same as last year (see earlier in this thread). We even have video now of the damage (see above in the thread).
Who's going to rally the troops?
Email writing campaign to the DNR (see addresses above)
A mass protest of the event -- a "ride in" to one of the trail crossing areas with contacts to the media for them to show up?
With all the recent energy against the unjust encroachment of equestrians against other nonmotorized trail user groups, someone has to have the fire in their belly, right?
I don't think so. Enjoy your Deep Lake Time Trial instead this weekend. You'll always have the roads to ride.
Love and Kisses,
MMBA Poto Chapter Potawatomi Trail Coordinator
Fat Bikes are Dumb, Ride a 650b!