Mountain Biking in Wilderness

Friday, September 17, 2010

Douglas W. Scott, the longtime student of the history of wilderness protection addresses the philosophical and technical challenges to mountain bike use in wilderness areas in an excerpt from Wild Earth. In the article, Mr. Scott explains that the original crafters of The Wilderness Act intended for only “quiet recreation” to occur in wild areas. He further explains that the language of the Act does not allow for the use of motorized vehicles in designated wilderness, and that mountain bikes are “exactly the sort of mechanical transport the law intended to prohibit in wilderness.”

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