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Monday, September 26, 2016

Mountain bikers mount a new campaign to ride the park trails

Advocates for Elysian and Griffith parks have sounded the alarm: the mountain bikers are back. Residents opposed to bikes on walking and hiking trails (bikes are allowed on most paved park roads) have distributed a letter from the city’s Planning Department to the Sierra Club saying the city had teamed up with a consultant to “to develop opportunities for mountain bicycling within some city parks.”

That was news not only to Christine Peters, head of the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park, but, to the head of Recreation and Parks, Jon Mukri, who told Peters he was not aware of the Planning Department’s effort. The citizens advisory board to Griffith Park had also not been notified, said Peters.

The letter did not mention Elysian Park or Griffith Park but mountain bikers have mounted at least two major efforts in recent years to access the miles of trails in both parks, which rank as the city’s two largest parks. You only need to read of the recent comments to a post by biking enthusiast Will Campbell to know emotions run high on the topic.

It would help to get more details from the Planning Department, which is looking at park trails as part of renewing the city’s Bike Masterplan. But a call and email to Jordann Turner, the city’s Bike Plan Project Manager and one of the signers of the letter, have not yet been returned.

Photo by Lee Brimelow via Flickr



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