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I was puzzled by the report in Sunday's Arizona Daily Sun that the city council has received far more emails in support of allowing e-bikes on our FUTS trails than those that were opposed.

I think I've learned the answer. There's a biking industry trade group with the innocent sounding name People for Bikes, based in Colorado, that is urging its members to contact the council in support of e-bikes. I suppose we have no way of knowing how many of the messages received by the council have actually come from Flagstaff residents. I'm guessing it's a small percentage of the total.

I hope we're not going to allow ourselves to be manipulated by outside interests in this important and controversial matter.

RICK SMITH

Flagstaff

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