When will it be time to be honest and recognize that the horse is a recreational vehicle that does much more damage to the trails than a bicycle does.
If the city’s position is to look at decisions that affect more than one user group (Liza Morzel) try to consider the impact of vehicle traffic for recreational use within the city. Opening the proposed Anemone trail loop and connector trail was one opportunity to give bicyclists a safer route to the Betasso trail system while at the same time actually encouraging more riders to leave their car at home when looking for an in-town accessible ride that may actually be fun. Please tell me how many horses will access that trail system without being put in a trailer, and driven up to a trail head. Do I mind horses on the trail? - No, there should be opportunities for all, but I do mind when trails are open to horses and NOT to bicycles.
Environmental damage? Don’t tell me bicycles are worse than other forms of use. Want proof? Look at the Mesa trail. I actually used to ride on that trail in the early 80’s until bikes were banned. It was a good ride, some nice technical challenges, and a beautiful backdrop. It was a narrow single track. Now after 20+ years of no bikes, we see a trail that has been considerably widened by multiple hikers avoiding mud and walking/running side-by-side. Also you will notice several braided trail sections. Fortunately one does not get lost on the trail as it is clearly marked by colorful plastic bags full of dog poop that were left behind to be picked up later.
Let’s be honest. Use, by any group will have an effect on a trail. The amount of use dictates the amount of tread wear. Trails need maintenance. Q: What group is ready willing and able to provide trail crew volunteers more than any other in town? A: BMA. People live in Boulder and tax ourselves to have open space to enjoy. I want to enjoy mine on a bicycle.
Michael C. Deragisch