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Feb. 11, 2015, 5:55 p.m. -  Peter Leeds

#!markdown Fuel to a fire? I have to ask how long you have ridden the North Shore; Fromme in particular. I cannot go down St. Georges trail now (when it was a staple in my younger days and not now) simply due to some idiot claiming it is "hiking only" when I have biking maps from the 90's that CLEARLY show Per Gynt and St. Georges as riding trails. Oh. Take note. Both trails are in POOR condition since only hikers use them and since bikers do not they get no maintenance. Coincidence? Right. This was done (in some part, ignorant obviously) to keep hikers off of bike trails. Sorry. Ignorance is not only bliss but strength. It is clear this is no fire but a smouldering ember that is now reaching air. Tension and conflict has always been beneath the surface for decades (I know, I have been in the woods for 30+ years) and only now are you seeing the effects. Don't be mistaken. St. Mary's and all of the lower trails have been used by all for years/decades, but now the numbers are increasing and it is obvious so should interaction and conflict. But now is public scrutiny and exposure, especially in public media. If you think this is a farce, go down a vandalized trail and talk to me after you are either: dead, a paraplegic or quadriplegic. I doubt you would be so understanding when you could not ride anymore, or feed yourself…. it's all fun and games until someone loses an eye…….

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