Do you ever stop to think about the impacts of mountain biking? There are social aspects, economic impacts, impacts on the trail and surrounding land, and other impacts we may or not even be aware of. We hear people make statements about mountain bikers “tearing up the trails”, and we hear others counter that their impact is “less than the average user”. Without some sort of reference or measurement these are simply statements, and often made by referencing someone’s individual perceptions or an individual’s agenda.
While there is not an overwhelming body of peer reviewed information specific to trail impacts, there is quite a bit of information out there that is useful. We have added a link for your reference which gathers a number of scientifically controlled studies, and test cases and adds interpretation to them in an attempt to help answer this very question. It may not read like a best selling novel, but it does a good job of examining and compiling relevant information into a digestible form. We submit this for your review, and hope you come away with a deeper understanding.
Thanks for taking the time.