I agree with you 100%, but the problem happens in an area which is closed to dirt bikes and not mountain bikes. Thats the problem (as you said), complants are made and everyone gets group together because libility BS and everyone is banned. Same old story, a few rouges spoil it for everyone. We should work with the motorcycle clubs (they been fighting this battle for a long time) but that snotty attitude is here I’m sorry to say. I have pushed in the past for the Ontario Mountain Ass. to work with the Ontario Fed. of Trail Riders, but was brushed off as a kook who still rode “gasp” a dirt bike. What to do? What to do? I have a imilar problem.
But I wouldn’t callit a problem. I ride one big hill that is frequented by dirt bikes. hill has one trail for both climbing and downhilling (ie climb, turn around, go down) They are very courtesous, and if they come up behind you while you are climbing they will always turn around and go dawn and wait for you to climb and come back before they take to the hill. But the wear on the trail is outrageous. There are GIANT ruts cut in there that are hellish, and make for easy OTB (over the bars). The dirt bikers ride regarless of conditions, so after a rain they are there.
MTBers are vastly outnumbered here, though, and these trails were carved by dirt bikers, so it is difficult to really make a stink, but at the very least it would be nice if they would stop needlessly spinning their tires and riding right after heavy rains. Best answer I heard so far. I think it is in the anti-mountain bikers interest to get us grouped together with dirt bikes. It is a lot more easier to convice some political bonehead that trail abuse issue will be solved by banning anything on two wheels, think of the pollution, think about the noise, think about the farting, think about the libility, etc (I heard it all). Another issue is, you guessed it, libility. Unfortunately over the years we had a few deaths on public lands involving kids and dirt bikes. There has been lawsuits against the township for permiting this activity to take place on its land. Things like this are not easily forgotten (if we get sued, we’ll have to make up higher insurance costs with increased property tax). Once again everything is blanketed with ban anything on “two wheels”.