Yeah, I'd like to see a way for there to be more planned trail development, but if the answer is always "no", I can see why people just stop asking. And then get accused of working outside the process, which is pretty opaque.
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Thanks @Evil_Bumpkin. I recognize CBC now that I watch again and know what to look for. The river below the log isn't visible.
Its surprising to me that mtb companies would release film shot on unsactioned trails, that's not something that happens in rock climbing -- not without an uproar, anyhow, remember Dean Potter climbing the Arches. Maybe its just harder to notice? As evidenced by me not even recognizing a trail I'd been riding over the fall, and hiking over the winter...
pingu/pango was fabulous on tuesday, frozen dirt, dry woodwork, no ice.
ned's was excellent today, though a half dozen places open water had frozen into ice ... very slippery, but also very visible, and easy to avoid. baden powell and john deer was in perfect condition.
get it while its great, precipitation is coming.
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That's a big part of why Western society has so much to learn from Indigenous cultures, their perspective on what's important is vastly different from our capitalist view.
I would love to see more indigenous perspectives, but I don't think this is really relevant to trail behaviours.
I've seen lots of communities that felt exceptional, like activity X was really attracting a significantly better quality of human than other activities, or that something about the culture of the community was special... then the community got bigger, and yeah, it turned out not to be the case. Mountainbiking was probably a really tight-knit group of reasonable people at one point, who figured a shared love of riding would forget a certain type of community spirit. Even the most die hard capitalists aren't actually advocating for running hikers and kids down with mountain bikes.
I saw a couple eMTB riders ride up Roadside, faster than my kids can ride down it. We all expect riders coming up, its bidirectional, but we don't expect them coming up FAST like that. eMTBers change the use pattern on trails, its a recipe for conflict, it'll be interesting to see how it works out.
Do eMTB riders tend to exhibit a relatively higher degree of poor trail etiquette ?
That is a hard one to answer, but a couple anecdotes.
Last fall there was a guy doing laps on Floppy Bunny at Fromme with an ebike. Passed me and my 10year old kids on the road a couple times while we were doing laps on Bobsled and Floppy. Its basically shuttling, he had one hand on his bar most of the ride up, but shuttling is a thing. If you don't want to ride up, fine.
One of the times he passed, he didn't slow down even a little, whipped by one of the kids by riding through the Salmon berry bush sticking out into the road beside her. That was a dick move. If she'd wiggled in her line a bit, he would have run her down.
I have the kids move to the side when we can so people can pass us, and MTB riders, even fast ones, come up slow enough we have the chance. eMTB riders... not so much time, they ride up pretty fast and don't often slow to pass.
A couple weeks later, when moving to the side of the trail just past the first turn to the right on 7th, also where its lined with Salmon berry bushes, I had an eMTB rider rip by a foot from me and the kids without slowing down a bit. I call that a dick move, too. It doesn't kill anybody to slow down a bit when a slower group of riders squeezes aside.
In fairness, I've had non-motorized MTB riders do that, too. One not-e guy rode onto the 10 foot/5"wide skinny log on Lower Digger while I was spotting my daughter in the middle of her first unassisted attempt. If she'd had to stop, I'd have steaded her, and he'd have ridden into her, or fallen on me. As it is he timed it to surprise the shit out of me, and barely miss her on the exit off log. Jerky behaviour is not owned by eMTBers.
All of which is to say, I'm trying to not judge ebikers by the few jerks, like I try hard not to judge dog owners by what I find on my shoe... but its a bit hard when I'm standing it.
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