Alex Gibbs 
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Re: “Hiking-only trails request sets mountain bikers on edge

There are lots of hiking only trails.
e.g. Wedgemount, Rainbow Lake, etc...

And Mr. Vandeman, you also seem to be mis-interpreting "data". The trails represented in "The Loam Factory" are nothing like the trails built in Whistler. The mountain bike trails built in Whistler are meant to be sustainable trails that manage water and traffic, where as the trails featured in your cited example are quite the opposite.
There is of course the rogue trail that is not built to current standards, but a good majority are built and/or maintained by WORCA or the muncipality itself.
Unfortunately you have just been caught being quite hypocritical towards data mis-interpretation, but further than that it seems like you have a narrow minded view as to what is driving wildlife away. You could start with snowmobiles in your watershed... but alas, people are the problem. And they will continue to be till they kill themselves off (potentially not so far away).

I actually personally feel as though I cause more erosion and more damage when I go for a real hike (not a walk... like the trail noted in the article), since I seem to accidentally kick rocks or slide on steep and loose soil.
If you want to see how damaging hiking is, just watch this short video:
https://youtu.be/jRl0PjiPnyM?t=27s
(see what I did there)

What Todd said was bang on. Respect, empathy, understanding. Gain some perspective. If I ever see you on the trail I'll probably slow down, say hello and wish you a pleasant day. And I truly do hope that you come to appreciate the mutual enjoyment that multiple parties can have on a multi-use trail.

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Posted by Alex Gibbs on 04/24/2015 at 12:19 PM

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