While their thoughts might look good on paper, in real life, that was the worst decision they could of made if it was in the name of safety.
I have bore witness to many close calls with UTV’s and dirt bikes traveling at high rates of speed (50+ mph) around blind corners on this trail, since reopening. How does this make the trails safer for anyone? Not only does it cause a hazard to anyone traveling in the opposite direction, but creates the likelihood of serious injury when something does happen. Unless they are planning on patrolling the trails to make sure everyone maintains a safe speed (which is not going to happen), leaving rocks and obstacles are the only natural way to limit ones speed on the trails. This is an example where a change was made in the name fo safety, that in fact does not serve the community it was intended to. It is also a symptom of the detachment of the decision making from the community it claims to serve.
On top of creating a less safe environment for everyone on the trail, it is felt that they are also opening the door for more damage to the areas around the trail. When people travel to these areas they are looking for a place to challenge themselves, only to find a smooth graded road. They are more likely to travel off the trail, to find a challenge. I am not saying that this is everyone in the motorized community, as the vast majority follow the rules. However there are some out there that will, and once one person does, more will follow.
We can only hope that this trend of eliminating our trails, be it by closure or making them essentially two lane roads, does not continue. We need to put a stop to the miss-communication and flat out lying that is happening to all of us, in the motorized community.
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