Mike Vandeman 
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Re: “The Contentious E-Bike Debate: Fact vs. Opinion

elyhim: True, but the presence of the bike increases a human's destructiveness a thousandfold. Mountain bikers don't like to talk about that fact. Because they are too lazy to walk, removing the bikes also removes those nature-hating idiots.

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 10/06/2018 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Lanthier Nadeau podiums at final EWS stop

Introducing children to mountain biking is CRIMINAL. Mountain biking, besides being expensive and very environmentally destructive, is extremely dangerous. Recently a 12-year-old girl DIED during her very first mountain biking lesson! Another became quadriplegic at 13! Serious accidents and even deaths are commonplace. Truth be told, mountain bikers want to introduce kids to mountain biking because (1) they want more people to help them lobby to open our precious natural areas to mountain biking and (2) children are too naive to understand and object to this activity. For 600+ examples of serious accidents and deaths caused by mountain biking, see http://mjvande.info/mtb_dangerous.htm.

Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1996: http://mjvande.info/mtb10.htm . It's dishonest of mountain bikers to say that they don't have access to trails closed to bikes. They have EXACTLY the same access as everyone else -- ON FOOT! Why isn't that good enough for mountain bikers? They are all capable of walking....

A favorite myth of mountain bikers is that mountain biking is no more harmful to wildlife, people, and the environment than hiking, and that science supports that view. Of course, it's not true. To settle the matter once and for all, I read all of the research they cited, and wrote a review of the research on mountain biking impacts (see http://mjvande.info/scb7.htm ). I found that of the seven studies they cited, (1) all were written by mountain bikers, and (2) in every case, the authors misinterpreted their own data, in order to come to the conclusion that they favored. They also studiously avoided mentioning another scientific study (Wisdom et al) which did not favor mountain biking, and came to the opposite conclusions.

Mountain bikers also love to build new trails - legally or illegally. Of course, trail-building destroys wildlife habitat - not just in the trail bed, but in a wide swath to both sides of the trail! E.g. grizzlies can hear a human from one mile away, and smell us from 5 miles away. Thus, a 10-mile trail represents 100 square miles of destroyed or degraded habitat, that animals are inhibited from using. Mountain biking, trail building, and trail maintenance all increase the number of people in the park, thereby preventing the animals' full use of their habitat.

Mountain biking accelerates erosion, creates V-shaped ruts, kills small animals and plants on and next to the trail, drives wildlife and other trail users out of the area, and, worst of all, teaches kids that the rough treatment of nature is okay (it's NOT!). What's good about THAT?

For more information: http://mjvande.info/mtbfaq.htm .

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 10/04/2018 at 7:23 PM

Re: “The Contentious E-Bike Debate: Fact vs. Opinion

All charges were dismissed in 2013.

"As for dismissing your research, I am only doing what you so often do, which is to claim the research was carried out by mountain bikers and so must be biased": that's a lie. I have never said it "must be biased because it was carried out by mountain bikers". It was carried out by mountain bikers, and it was biased, but I never said that was cause & effect. But you have to read the original research & my review to see exactly why I said it was biased. What I actually said is that their conclusions don't follow from their data. That's a statement about science & logic. To oversimplify it, mountain bikers cause more damage partly because they travel much farther & faster than hikers.

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 10/04/2018 at 7:11 PM

Re: “The Contentious E-Bike Debate: Fact vs. Opinion

All charges were dismissed, starting with the "assault" charge. They were all based on mountain bikers lying in order to punish me for reporting their illegal mountain biking. My review of the literature is not biased; it's all factual. It's typical mountain biker behaviour that you haven't read it, but are sure it's wrong. Mountain bikers are too lazy to WALK, and also too lazy to READ! People like that can't be trusted for anything. Anyone who trusts a mountain biker is a fool!

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 10/04/2018 at 5:34 PM

Re: “The Contentious E-Bike Debate: Fact vs. Opinion

"Mike Vandeman is nothing more than a (dangerous) troll": who is more dangerous? I, who advocate banning mountain biking, or mountain bikers, who advocate a sport that regularly kills, maims, or paralyzes people? Or were you just LYING, as usual?????

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 10/04/2018 at 4:30 PM

Re: “The Contentious E-Bike Debate: Fact vs. Opinion

JimmyJones obviously either hasn't read any of the research, or doesn't understand research. ALL of the "research" written by mountain bikers (which is most of the research) is dishonest, and doesn't prove what it claims to show. I refuted ALL of it in https://mjvande.info/scb7.htm. Why can't mountain bikers EVER tell the truth?????

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 10/04/2018 at 4:02 PM

Re: “The Contentious E-Bike Debate: Fact vs. Opinion

It's interesting that mountain bikers display no interest in or understanding of the environment. They think whatever they want to do is just fine, even if it's illegal (or maybe BECAUSE it's illegal?).

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 10/03/2018 at 3:35 PM

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