Whose Trail is it? Making Way for Bikes in National Parks

There has been a longstanding debate about bicycles in national parks. Should they or shouldn’t they be allowed? And if so, where? And where are they not appropriate?

Cyclists, particularly mountain bikers, have been pushing for greater access in recent years. Similar questions have surfaced for pack animals, snowmobiles and other motorized vehicles. But some areas of certain parks are intended to provide quiet enjoyment.

Are bikes the nemesis that some say they are? Should they be allowed in all areas of every national park? This story in the New York Times today Making Way for More Bikes in National Parks  provides a good look at the questions and the different perspectives.

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