06 Jul '12, 8pm

Making Way for More Bikes in National Parks

Associated Press In Maine’s Acadia National Park, bicyclists ride along carriage roads that are closed to motorized vehicles. A new park service rule promotes expanding bicycle use at all parks. The debate over who should use the roads and paths of the country’s national parks is consistently fraught. In California’s Sequoia National Park, unkind words are sometimes exchanged when pack animals with their wide panniers encounter hikers kitted out with the latest R.E.I. gear on the trails behind Mount Whitney. The code of etiquette and safety governing such encounters is sometimes ignored, And there have been continual efforts to ban horses, burros and llamas because of their impact on the trails. This year Congress intervened to permit stock packing on national parklands in the Sierra after a court ruled in a lawsuit filed by the High Sierra Hikers that the current system f...

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