(By: Karl Rosengarth) The 3,100-mile Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST) runs the spine of the Rockies from Canada to Mexico, and is predominately open to bikes in non-Wilderness areas. However, bike access to the country’s longest shared-use trail is now in jeopardy. The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) reports that the Forest Service just released a draft rule that would encourage land managers to kick bikes off existing routes, and not include bicycling on future segments. Your help is needed to help preserve bicycle access! Here’s what you can do:
- Send Comments. File formal comments with the Forest Service. IMBA’s simple form makes it easy. The Forest Service’s deadline for comments is Monday, August 13.
- Spread the Word. Rally your friends and ask them to echo your support for bike access on this outstanding trail. We need thousands of comments to hold out hope for continued access.
- Help Maintain the CDNST. If you live or play near the CDNST, consider organizing or attending trailwork days to help build and maintain this magnificent trail.
- Donate. The IMBA Legal Fund needs your financial support to preserve singletrack.