I agree with the letter by Rob Jones (08/11) on trail use and mountain bikes. I remember when most hikers agreed with John Muir that time in the woods was for sauntering in nature, not racing; for renewal, not proving something.
Even those who disagreed were generally courteous and did little damage. Increasingly our trails have become difficult, if not dangerous to hikers, not all of whom are young.
I also remember great times on my bike -- mostly distance not speed -- and can appreciate the thrill of speed. There are however plenty of other venues for it. Our woods are rapidly becoming the only relief from our addiction to speed -- everywhere.
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