Saturday, March 24, 2007

Cyclists trash Marin County watershed

Think cyclists often behave badly here in the city? Bad-boy city cyclists have their suburban counterparts over in Marin County, where they race along fire trails in Marin's Mt. Tam watershed, intimidating hikers and people on horseback. Cyclists are allowed on fire trails, but not on the many "single track" trails in the area. That doesn't stop some cyclists from going where they aren't supposed to go. They've even been caught hacking out their own trails in sensitive environmental areas of the watershed 

From the Marin Independent Journal

From the SF Chronicle

Bicycle advocate caught making illegal bike trail in Marin's watershed.

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At 4:23 PM, Blogger chumly said...

That does not sound good at all. I always thought people that rode bicycles were better than that, guess I was wrong.

At 10:47 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

People who ride bikes are no better or no worse than people who don't ride bikes. But there are some cyclists who are arrogant and reckless. Many cyclists seem to have a thing about speed---they like to race down the hills of the city unimpeded by stop signs and pedestrians. And their suburban counterparts like to speed on trails in the watershed, endangering hikers and people on horseback.

At 12:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's just a classic problem of too much popularity.

These guys are used to having the freedom to go everywhere. now the sport of mountain biking is just too dang popular, so there you go.

They should be cited of course for this, but it would be best if some of the "hot shots" had the balls to speak out against this and go find single track elsewhere.

Unfortunately, much like snowboarders, these guys are too wrapped up in their own "coolness" to think about much else. Anyone want to flip a few? ;-)

At 2:13 PM, Anonymous Kai Raouseman said...

I agree with you that there are probably a couple dozen annoying bike messengers in the city that cause problems, but what do you think about the bastards who run red lights at every intersection downtown all day long? I'm talking about the cars, not the bikes by the way. At every intersection downtown 3-4 cars race through the red ALL DAY LONG often being forced to stop in the middle because pedestrians have already begun to cross which causes a huge bottleneck for muni.

If the cops refuse to ticket these people, I propose metal 'dozer bars be installed on Muni busses so the can just ram these cars out of the way.

What do you think?

At 3:38 PM, Anonymous Tuss Bailer said...

"Think cyclists often behave badly here in the city?"

Nope! I think cyclists RARELY behave badly in the city. But in your imagination you see it 100 times more often than anyone else ;-)

At 2:19 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

We're not talking about a small number of bike messengers in SF. Instead, it's a widespread behavior pattern for a lot of cyclists who seem to fancy themselves as rebels and daredevils. No one---motorist or cyclists---should run red lights and stop signs.
"I think cyclists RARELY behave badly in the city. But in your imagination you see it 100 times more often than anyone else." I'm not alone in my observations. It also depends on where you live in the city. I live on McAllister St between Scott and Divisadero, and cyclists like to speed down McAllister---and nearby streets like Hayes, Haight, and Page---toward downtown. It's a common phenomenon in the city.


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