Posted by: syncro
- An increase of riders is a behaviour - it's people choosing to participate in an activity. An increase of riders adds to trail erosion. I've brought this issue up before and it's strange that in the context of ebikes people see no problem with the ever increasing numbers of riders on the trails but yet on a sunny day on the weekend people will definitely make a point of talking about how busy the trails were, hard to find parking, etc. From a trail erosion standpoint the increase in riders over the past 10yrs has been detrimental to the overall health of the trail network, so I find that hard to like.
- Etiquette is a huge thing, and the best way to improve that is to be welcoming and get people involved. Constantly beating a drum that ebikers are some evil spawn is not going to do that. Negatively stereotyping a group is not going to motivate them to get involved with trail orgs and learning about proper trail etiquette.
- If it's more important to keep ebikers riding with the flow and porperly integrated with other traffic then how is maligning them going to encourage that?
Agree 100%. eBikes are here, they are not going anywhere. At this point, it is better to try to start integrating rather than excluding. Yes, there are going to be a-holes and yes, you are going to have bad interactions on the trail, but I am already seeing that with all of the new people on regular bikes. Rarely a smile or wave, not yielding to climbers, dragging brakes everywhere, buzzing hikers.
I ride with a friend who actually needs an eBike due to some health issues. The amount of glares and evil looks he gets from people on the trail is ridiculous. Other eBike riders in the area report the same and you know what their response is to that? "F 'em, I am going to just do what I want then". That is how most people react, so instead, just be nice. Be open. If you welcome people, they might start listening to trail etiquette tips or not ride in areas they shouldn't.