We are saddened to report that the Red Rock Ranger District has closed many trails to Mountain Biking today. No need to re-post their announcement. For those that live here and ride daily and for those that visit this amazing place, this may be the worst day in the history of the developing story of mountain biking in Sedona. For more that 2 decades the town and the community has enjoyed the expanding possibilities of riding the red rocks. This closure represents a targeted move to curb that growth and opportunity. It has economic and community effects that were not researched and are yet to be determined. The SMBC offers sympathy to those who have a life investment in the mountain biking in this area. Business owners and many others who will directly feel this change. It seems a shame that in a day where we have our country at it’s most unhealthy state, that our public servants would remove yet another way for people to seek out adventure in the analogue world. More rules and more reductions in the freedom to enjoy your county’s lands are the result.
What do we do?
Members of SMBC are working now by the FOIA to get any studies that were done and all the possible data that the decision was based on. Members are also working on the actual metrics of the closure ie. “what was lost to us.” We will continue to fight for equal treatment as a viable trail user group. We will continue to show that we make a positive contribution to the community, the trails and to a healthy lifestyle. We will continue to seek the truth and expose discrimination, false assumptions, and decisions based on correlation not causation. We will continue to advocate for equal and fair access to the public lands trail system. It is time to remember the other great fights against discrimination this country has seen, and to be inspired by that passion and belief in what is right. Join the club and IMBA and pitch in. Participate in a way that works for you. Whatever your expertise is, it may be of great use.
What You Should Know:
Details of the closure are posted on their site. Despite efforts of our club, the biking community,IMBA and the VVCC, the forest service has taken action. After a call to the visitor’s center today to do some checking. We thought it important to let you all know that the fine is up to $300.00 and that they will take your wheels on the trail and leave you to carry your frame out. You will only get your wheels back when your case is settled or the fines are paid. You must have a map to understand the specific trails that are closed since those may not be signed in any way making it clear that you could be ticketed. The links below may help with that. So take caution and call the ranger if you have questions about where you are and where you can ride your bike. We will continue to add to this as more information is gathered.
The Sedona Mountain Bike Club has been fighting this closure and feels it discriminates against mountain bikers. Remember, these trails are still open to other users who will erode and cause ongoing damage to the areas in question. If you feel this singling out is wrong sign the petition.
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