In an astounding rebuff to PCTRI’s and other mountain bikers’ four-year effort to restore multiuse to the non-Wilderness portions of the Pacific Crest Trail, the Forest Service has suddenly proposed to ratify the 1988 PCT bicycle ban for the Inyo, Sequoia, and Sierra National Forests and give the Forest Service and the Pacific Crest Trail Association, a private lobbying group that seems to oppose mountain biking anywhere that might affect the PCT, joint authority to decide if cyclists can use trails or roads that cross the PCT in those forests.
We learned of this draconian proposal only two weeks before comments are due, and only because we happened to discover it on the Internet. Moreover, the Forest Service is providing only a month for public comment. We had to scramble to write and submit a formal response. You can read it here.
Although the Forest Service says comments should be in by Monday, September 29, please write in if it’s after that date. For one thing, PCTRI is pointing out that the Forest Service is giving minimal time for public comment and asking it to extend the comment period to the end of 2014. Please tell the Forest Service you oppose the antibike provisions in the PCT proposal. Here’s the link to the comment form:
Below is the official PCTRI Response, which we have submitted to the USFS: