Has the IMBA or others shut down your favorite riding area to ebikes..already?

DashRiprock

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Given that there is no interest (at least in this forum) to discuss 'organizing' or even current events surrounding trail legacy building, access or even charity work surrounding the electric bicycle...how many of the top 100 beautiful/scenic trails out there have been shut down 'already' before you even so much as load that brand new ebike off of the vehicle?
http://electricbikereview.com/commu...mit-what-did-both-sides-commit-to-or-not.778/
I'd like to start a list which simply illustrates where you can and cannot ride (presently w/updates) which hopefully spurs 'somebody' to become involved in at the very least recognizing that nothing out there is a free ride (yeah, I know....what a concept).
 

Brambor

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When I get my fatbike I will try to join some rides with the local mtbiking community. This will give me some knowledge of what is the current state of affairs in my neck of the woods. Until then I'm uninformed and taxed for time to try. :)
 

DashRiprock

Active Member
When I get my fatbike I will try to join some rides with the local mtbiking community. This will give me some knowledge of what is the current state of affairs in my neck of the woods. Until then I'm uninformed and taxed for time to try. :)
That would be great feedback as I was told recently to not bother unloading my bike at one of the top 25 trails in the nation. Perhaps some of the business owners surrounding these 'primo' riding areas need to discover what EMTBing is all about (for themselves; PUBLICLY through manufacturers, distributors or plain ol' owners) so as to educate the IMTB sheeple/gatekeepers in their own manner.
Are there are a number of top destinations who don't necessarily need the 12-step program to wean themselves away from kissing the IMTB ring before making any/all decisions for themselves and the local taxpayers footing the bill? Let's find out.
Perhaps a list of the top 100 destinations and who isn't presently falling back on the "we haven't studied the issue yet" crap would be in order here. This would create an action list of exactly who needs to become educated and who refuses to allow EMTBing 'peon owners' to help perform this task for them...without simply regurgitating the IMTB propaganda that has already been introduced at the Summit just last month
If we don't (again) PUBLICLY get ahead of what is being decided here (or already has) I can guarantee you that the only trails we'll be riding in the future are the ones that nobody cares to ride (now)...for good reason.
 
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Brambor

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I have friends at my LBS who also maintain certain trails. I plan to join their group and specifically speak to the riders before we start riding and tell them to please observe whenever they can what kind of impact does my bike introduce to the trail.
 

DashRiprock

Active Member
I have friends at my LBS who also maintain certain trails. I plan to join their group and specifically speak to the riders before we start riding and tell them to please observe whenever they can what kind of impact does my bike introduce to the trail.
Exactly the path to take, in my opinion. You are not asking or demanding that you ride anything without assessing the impact and working with them to accommodate the introduction of your access rights. If 'pay-to-play' is in order...so be it. If any other adjustments need to be made...you're there to be the voice of reason. What we can't allow is "this is my land" types (see Mr.VanAble's recent declarations/'definitions') to figure things out 'for themselves'...as they have already proven (by the IMTBing community's deafening silence over the past few months that they obviously cannot lead as think-for-themselves individuals..and can only follow.
If you convert the guys maintaining the trails...the Mike VanAbles of the world have no one to lead but the exclusionists who will never change their minds (not the overwhelming majority of the MTBing community).