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All recreational trail use, whether motorized or nonmotorized, requires active management. Trail management should ensure adherence to private or public land use prescriptions, adequate resource protection, and that appropriate visitor experiences are provided. Trail management policies should be set at the local level to ensure they best fit local circumstances.
Factors to consider on concurrentfat tire bicycle use on groomed snowmobile trails
The following suggested management considerations are not intended to prescribe whether or not to allow concurrent fat bike use on groomed snowmobile trails; rather the intent is to help local jurisdictions make informed decisions about fat tire bicycle management practices on their trails.
It is recommended that local jurisdictions consider the following factors when deciding to either allow or disallow fat tire bicycle use on groomed snowmobile trails. While the importance of each factor will vary by locale, all should be fully considered for informed and objective local decision making.
Published July 2016
Evaluating Effectiveness of Visitor Use Management
This synthesis is intended to establish a baseline of the current state of knowledge and practice and to serve as a guide for trail managers and researchers.
This study offers direction for future studies on mountain bike riding, including: characteristics of mountain bike riders and their use patterns, identification of resource degradation problems, identification and resolution of conflict issues, wilderness trespass issues, partnership issues, communication issues, and testing of management strategies related to mountain bike use.
This guidebook can be used to assist in successfully planning, designing, and constructing mountain bike trail systems, while keeping in mind that user issues must be addressed at every stage of development.