Mountain bikers organize, form inaugural VHHS team

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Introducing children to mountain biking is CRIMINAL

Introducing children to mountain biking is CRIMINAL. Mountain biking, besides being expensive and very environmentally destructive, is extremely dangerous. Recently a 12-year-old girl DIED during her very first mountain biking lesson! Serious accidents and even deaths are commonplace. Truth be told, mountain bikers want to introduce kids to mountain biking because (1) they want more people to help them lobby to open our precious natural areas to mountain biking and (2) children are too naive to understand and object to this activity. For 500+ examples of serious accidents and deaths caused by mountain biking, see http://mjvande.nfshost.com/mtb_dangerous.htm.

Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1996: http://mjvande.nfshost.com/mtb10.htm . It's dishonest of mountain bikers to say that they don't have access to trails closed to bikes. They have EXACTLY the same access as everyone else -- ON FOOT! Why isn't that good enough for mountain bikers? They are all capable of walking....

Mountain biking accelerates erosion, creates V-shaped ruts, kills small animals and plants on and next to the trail, drives wildlife and other trail users out of the area, and, worst of all, teaches kids that the rough treatment of nature is okay (it's NOT!). What's good about THAT?

For more information: http://mjvande.nfshost.com/mtbfaq.htm .

Mike Vandeman more than 2 years ago

Criminal is trying to convince other people of your opinions by telling only half truths

Take the time to read this persons web site, its almost comical

Crazy Mtber more than 2 years ago

Another poor misguided soul

Would you rather kids sit inanimate indoors playing xbox? Mountain Biking is a good recreation and great for family outings. It is arguably just as dangerous to ride bikes in busy streets or to let students play football. So to single out mountain biking as extremely dangerous is shortsighted.

You need to do a little more fact checking. Bikes do not have the same access as everyone else. One example is the Wilderness Act. Look it up. Also it's been shown that horses cause more environmental damage to trails than bikes.

I read parts of your website, and your perspective is one-sided. As somebody who both hikes and bikes, I refrain from picking apart piece-by-piece your weak arguments. I suggest you do more research on sustainable trails for multi-use, or better yet, pick up a bike and find out what it really feels like before passing judgement. Otherwise you just come across as a hater.

RC more than 2 years ago

CRIMINAL???

Mike, you are not representing the sport or the interest within the state properly or fairly. BUMP, (Bham Urban Mtn Peddlers) has a trail work day once a month. I never see hikers working on the trail. BUMP was involved with building the trails at Oak Mountain and Tannehill. There are discussions currently going on the establish a "Robert Trent Jones" trail for mountain bikers. There are dangers associated with every sport. We try to teach basic skills to make the sport as safe as possible. We also require every student to wear a helmet any time that they are on a bike. If they are caught once, there is a warning issued. The second time, they are kicked off of the team. When was the last time that you built a trail or did work to maintain one?

Doug more than 2 years ago