This will all end badly. I recall being challenged by a couple of disgruntled dirt-bikers, as to why I was allowed to use motorized transport to maintain the remote and iconic Seven Summits trail, while they were being prevented from riding it. They hadn’t conceived that I might actually walk and carry my chainsaw up the mountain to clear windfall, but when I made it clear that that’s what I do on a regular basis, their sense of fairness and consistency was satisfied, and we’ve had almost no issues with unauthorized dirt bike use since that time. Dirt bikers in my area almost uniformly respect the non-motorized status of trails, but ask any of them what they think about allowing electric powered bikes on non-motorized trails, and they’re very clear that an electric motor is a still a motor. The self interest that blinds the e-bike lobby to this is astounding, but Dirt bikers are clear that they won’t stand for being discriminated against if trails are opened for electronic motors.
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