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A Journal of Park and Recreation Administration Publication
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.
Mountain biking activity presents a new set of management challenges related to multiple use in recreation areas. To determine the potential issues associated with mountain bike management, a telephone survey of 40 recreation managers from two federal agencies (USDA Forest Service and USDI Bureau of Land Management) was conducted. Exploratory in nature, the study sets. the groundwork for more comprehensive future investigations. Many of the respondents characterized mountain bike use in their resource areas as moderate to extensive. Most did not have designated mountain bike areas, and few reported having a specific management plan related to mountain biking. About one-third reported resource degradation related to mountain bike use, while over half reported conflicts between bikers and other user groups-hiker, equestrian, off-road vehicle, and all-terrain vehicle user groups.
Published September 01, 1993
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 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.
This guidance has been created to help mountain bikers and land managers understand different perspectives on this issue, in the context of the Scottish access rights, and to suggest ways in which they can work together and try where possible to find solutions.