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A note to all trail riding motorcyclists:
Please be kind to our trails. We don't dig ruts in them with our feet, so please don't do it with your tires.
It is not our job to watch out for you. You need to watch out (and yield) for us. Pedal bikers do this - so can you.
I can't count how many times I've run into rude and inconsiderate motorcyclists in the trails around Bozeman. It has to stop.
I think most off road motorcyclists are actually very polite and respect the trails. Remember that you are going to hear a motorcycle before they hear or see you. We know that we are supposed to watch out for hikers, and I think most of us do. With cooperation we can all use the trails, and enjoy them in our own ways.
By the way...if you don't like to encounter off road vehicles while hiking there are plenty of trails on which motor vehicles are not allowed that you can have all to yourself!
And incidently, I have come across quite a few rude hikers in my back country travels when I have done nothing more to encourage their ire than simply be on a motorcycle. So the bikers (nor do the hikers) have dibs on the jerks.
POSTED: 2009-12-03 16:44:34
Motorists...too bad they have to have a motor between their legs at all times and can't turn it off to walk on solid ground with their own two feet. Admit it, your motor is dirty and disruptive to the land and its inhabitance. Hikers retreat to the wilderness to abandon civilization. We respect the land because we find deep appreciation in the hours we spend with the wildflowers, the fresh clean air, and most of all the peace and quiet.
POSTED: 2009-12-12 13:08:39