Farrell, Patrick
September 2006
High Country News;9/18/2006, Vol. 38 Issue 17, p12
The article focuses on the once vilified mountain bikers, who have finally won the respect from authorities in California. The hiker-biker wars sparked in 1993 when rangers discovered a secret trail that bikers blazed illegally through the woods. Since then, the Marin Municipal Water District, which manages Mount Tamalpais trails and fire roads, closely monitored the bikers along with surveillance cameras and radar guns to clock their speeds. The bikers tried to clean their image but despite good intentions, they can not seem to erase their renegade image. Later also began the great wilderness debate caused by the 1964 Wilderness Act, which bans all forms of mechanical transport in designated wilderness areas. It was resolved with the bikers' responsible compliance to wilderness rules.


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