BLM, Redding Bike Club, Sponsor Kids Mountain Biking

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Mountain bike riders aged 6 to 16 are invited to join the Bureau of Land Management and Redding Mountain Bike Club for a free guided bike ride on Sunday, Oct. 2, starting at 9 a.m. at the Swasey Recreation Area in west Redding.

Parents can also participate in the two-mile ride offered as part of Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, a national observance supported by the International Mountain Bicycling Association.

Redding Mountain Bike Club members will be on hand to perform a pre-ride safety check on all bicycles and to help with any mechanical issues.

Riders must provide their own bicycles and a helmet. The bike club will have a few helmets available for loan.

Participants should meet at 9 a.m. at the Swasey Recreation Area, on Swasey Drive, two miles south of Highway 299. Refreshments will be available.

“Bike riding is a great way for everyone to be more active,” said Bill Kuntz, an outdoor recreation planner with the BLM. “Trail systems throughout Redding offer plenty of opportunities for this fun activity.”

Kuntz said event participants will be able to learn about the President’s Challenge Active Lifestyle program that encourages people to stay active and physically fit.

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4 Responses

  1. 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! 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.

    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 1994: . 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 ). 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.

    Those were all experimental studies. Two other studies (by White et al and by Jeff Marion) used a survey design, which is inherently incapable of answering that question (comparing hiking with mountain biking). I only mention them because mountain bikers often cite them, but scientifically, they are worthless.

    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?

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  2. Avatar Scott Lyon says:

    Mike Vanderman —

    You seem to be a very angry man and for that I'm sorry.

    You're comment re a 12 year old child dying while mtn biking can be applied to almost any activity — swimming, climbing trees, crossing a street on the way to school, hiking on Lassen Peak, stepping into a bathtub, riding in a car driven by their parent/guardian — the list might be endless.

    Should children be barred from all of life's activities due to possible dangers?

    I don't think any reasonable person would argue for that.

    If you're concern for nature is as great as you report you should consider not venturing off the paved path at all. That certainly seems the best solution to the host of problems you list.

  3. Avatar Aaron Martin says:

    Mike Vandemann cuts and pastes the same tired BS into every story about mountain biking. He is a true lunatic who was found guilty of assault.
    He has yet to produce a link to this 12 year old girls death.