« on: May 01, 2008, 01:42:11 pm »
Wilderness designation restricts all mechanized travel which includes bicycles. Roads which remain open to vehicles will be open to bicycles but bicycles will generally be banned from all trails in wilderness areas. We have a number of wilderness areas in my home state of Washington so although I can't ride trails there, we have vast quantities of National Forests which are open to cycling. It is a trade off. The population of WA has more that doubled since a moved here and it will more than double again in the next 20 years. I welcome areas being protectd for future recreational use even if that means I access them by hiking instead of bike. We have also lost biking access to areas here to logging and mining activities which are allowed in national forest areas. Contact the Wilderness Coalition, weigh the impacts and and stay involved in the process. Good luck and keep us informed. The country's newest wilderness, The Wild Sky, which is located just 40 miles from Seattle has just been approved by congress and should be signed into law by the President in the next week.