WELCOME TO THE PCTRI SURVEY OF THE POTENTIAL FOR BICYCLE USE ON PARTS OF THE PCT
As you know, the primary aim of our effort is to persuade the federal government to reassess, and rescind, its 1988 bicycle ban on the non-Wilderness parts of the Pacific Crest Trail that it administers. (About 60% of the PCT is not in Wilderness.).
One of the proposals prior to a permanent removal of the ban is a pilot program to evaluate the potential impact of converting the PCT to a multi-use trail. In order to maximize the success of a pilot program, we are conducting a systematic survey of current and potential trail users — not necessarily mountain bikers — who know local segments of the PCT. We’re creating dozens of separate surveys for PCT mileage that we’ve identified as worth investigating for mountain bike use. This information is crucial so we better know what areas to propose if the government agrees to a bicycle pilot program on the PCT.
Links to the surveys are below and we will be gradually adding more and more surveys. Each survey contains links to map images that you can study to see in advance if you recognize the area and know anything about the PCT in the stretch to which a survey is directed.
Please note that this isn’t an invitation or a suggestion to undertake evaluations of any part of the PCT under federal management on a bicycle. Whether or not the 1988 closure order is legally valid, it is federal policy not to allow bicycles on the approximately 85% of the PCT that it controls. (The Forest Service policy applies to Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service PCT stretches pursuant to an internal agreement between those agencies.) PCTRI asks that everyone respect that policy, allowing the steady operation of demographic and lifestyle changes, politics, and law reform to take their course in eventually leading to the reversal of the outdated and counterproductive closure order.
As for areas not under federal control, PCTRI doesn’t necessarily know what rules, if any, apply to them, and suggests finding out before venturing out and, as with the federal portion, we do not recommend or endorse violating any statutes, ordinances, regulations, policies, or private landowner preferences.
Thank you in advance for your feedback! We look forward to hearing from you.