PLEASANTON (CBS SF) – Members of the East Bay mountain biking community plan to hold an information gathering in the parking lot of Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park Sunday morning through excerpts Recent lead of more than a dozen riders of the park police.
The riders admit they went off a designated path, but they don’t think the crackdown is warranted.
“They see people walking down the trail and as soon as they exit the trail, tickets. Tickets, tickets. $270,” says mountain biker Ron Balthasar.
The park police chief said that was reasonable.
“It was over the limit, it was posted. There’s environmental damage going on, so we’re at a place where we’re going to hand out tickets to anyone going to that area,” said East Bay Regional Parks District Chief Anthony Ciaburro.
The battle over trail use has been going on for decades, but started heating up to a new level after COVID hit. An increasing number of cyclists, walkers, and leashed pets and take shortcuts have arrived at the park. And because of the park’s rules, everyone has to squeeze onto the same roads.
Mountain bikers report having a network of unnumbered trails that they want to legally use that takes them off the main roads and adds enjoyment to their activity.
“Our goal is to open up more trails for mountain biking and free up traffic on fire roads,” said Chris Beratlis, who runs the races.
Trail crowding is real, and it can lead to conflict or even injury.
“Put on your headphones and they go down the trail,” says Joanna Meneces of Pleasanton, a hiker in the park. “Some cyclists don’t tell you they’re behind. There are children and the dog’s leash. So it becomes a danger to them.”
Mountain bike leaders are organizing with the goal of calling for the park’s director to revise policies to allow for environmental protection and legal use of the trails alone, which are currently banned.
Ciaburo said trail committees are constantly working to provide more recreational access opportunities for more people.
“As times change, as technology changes, so do our customers’ needs. And so they can be safely regenerated without harming the environment,” says Ciaburo.
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