Mike Vandeman 
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Re: “Bike thefts in Whistler down 57% this year, police say

The solution is much simpler: stop mountain biking!

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: https://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 https://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. See https://mjvande.info/scb9.htm for details.

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?

To see exactly what harm mountain biking does to the land, watch this 5-minute video: http://vimeo.com/48784297.

In addition to all of this, it is extremely dangerous: https://mjvande.info/mtb_dangerous.htm .

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

The common thread among those who want more recreation in our parks is total ignorance about and disinterest in the wildlife whose homes these parks are. Yes, if humans are the only beings that matter, it is simply a conflict among humans (but even then, allowing bikes on trails harms the MAJORITY of park users -- hikers and equestrians -- who can no longer safely and peacefully enjoy their parks).

The parks aren't gymnasiums or racetracks or even human playgrounds. They are WILDLIFE HABITAT, which is precisely why they are attractive to humans. Activities such as mountain biking, that destroy habitat, violate the charter of the parks.

Even kayaking and rafting, which give humans access to the entirety of a water body, prevent the wildlife that live there from making full use of their habitat, and should not be allowed. Of course those who think that only humans matter won't understand what I am talking about -- an indication of the sad state of our culture and educational system.

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 09/19/2018 at 7:52 PM

Re: “Pemberton heli-biking proposal raises concerns

Sao Spam: You obviously aren't very bright. Why would a 67-year-old man assault two mountain bikers in front of three witnesses? Obviously, he wouldn't, and didn't. The mountain bikers tried to blame me for their own self-caused accident, while mountain biking illegally. My lawyer worked for free. Clearly, you aren't teachable, nor can you do your own research, nor do you have any common sense. All you are capable of doing is lying and probably injuring yourself - all mountain bikers do, after all! Not very bright.... Why would anyone who actually had a life want to mountain bike? They WOULDN'T: too BORING!

Posted by Mike Vandeman on 07/19/2018 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Pemberton heli-biking proposal raises concerns

Sao Spam: "I did my homework. And all available information has led me to the conclusion that you did in fact assault those people with a saw." BS. Why do you think the charge was DISMISSED? If that's how you do your "homework", you must still be in kindergarten. You aren't even honest to use your real name! Everything you say is WORTHLESS. So are you.

But, hey, thanks for helping me show the world exactly what mountain bikers are like: DISHONEST TO THE CORE.

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 07/18/2018 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Pemberton heli-biking proposal raises concerns

Sao Spam: Do your own homework, like responsible people do. No one cares whether you believe that 1 + 1 = 2.

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 07/18/2018 at 4:54 AM

Re: “Pemberton heli-biking proposal raises concerns

Sao Spam: Yes, it does! The mountain bikers invented that charge to draw attention away from their illegal mountain biking. The charge was dropped because there was no evidence to support it. DUH!

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 07/17/2018 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Pemberton heli-biking proposal raises concerns

Lee Lau: Sorry to disappoint you, but "all charges dismissed" means exactly what it says. All I did was report illegal mountain biking, which was a lot of fun!

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 07/17/2018 at 7:33 PM

Re: “Pemberton heli-biking proposal raises concerns

Sao Spam: It never happened. That's why the charge was dismissed (but you already knew that, and chose to lie about it)! But thanks for reinforcing my impression that mountain bikers never tell the truth. You can have Trump. He will fit in just fine.

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 07/17/2018 at 2:41 PM

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