The Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA), which serves to “preserve, protect and promote” the PCT, just put out an on-line survey asking individuals for input on their 2013 Strategic Plan. This is an excellent opportunity for the cycling community to voice our opinions about how we as a community can help the PCTA achieve their goals, which are:
1) The PCT corridor is permanently protected.
2) The entire PCT is designed, constructed and maintained through partnerships.
3) The PCT is well-known nationally and internationally.
4) The PCT Association has the financial resources needed to accomplish its mission.
5) The PCT Association has the human resources needed to accomplish its mission.
6) The PCT Association has the systems and infrastructure needed to accomplish its mission.
The PCTA is currently opposed to any mechanized travel along the trail, including bikes. As you can imagine, the positive effect the cycling community would have on these goals of trail construction & maintenance, funding (via memberships, donations and grants), and global marketing should be hard for them to ignore. Not to mention our ability to get youth involved with the trail, creating life-long stewards of this National treasure.
Whether you have a personal interest in accessing the PCT, or live across the country and support equal access for cyclists on public trails, your brief input would be appreciated. There are only 3 questions. Please forward this along to anyone you know who wants greater access to public land!
Link to Survey: PCTA 2013 Strategic Plan Input
For question #2, if you don’t have any insight into a particular section in need, feel free to write: “All non-Wilderness portions should be equally available to cyclists.”
Please note, when you read “preserve & protect” the PCT, it has very little to do with bicycles (if any) and mostly everything to do with maintaining the trail while fending off development and logging encroachments that affect the character of the trail.
We at the PCTRI sincerely appreciate, and thank you for your support!