The NS STRAVA Collective posted a video on what was supposed to be a series of races on the newly built "Forever After" and High School Loop" trails...but were soon shut-up by the local mountain biking "community". The question is, will this Collective now be racing under the radar of the public land managers?
"SAN DIEGO - Rangers at one of San Diego's most treasured parks are sounding the alarm. A popular app may be behind the destruction of protected plants and animals and the creation of unauthorized trails... Using the phones GPS, the Strava app tracked her every move up Cowles Mountain and recorded how long it took...."
And this video is about mountain biking without any "STRAVA app" involved. Do you notice any difference? I don't. Mountain biking keeps on devolving into more destructive ways to rip and shred our forests' floor. Silence on the very consumptive extreme freeride mountain biking issues allows this kind of ecological vandalism to proliferate (slicing and dicing up the forest floor, four seasons a year, rain or shine, and snow, day and night...for a cheap thrill ride, at the expense of taxpayers and our forest health and wellbeing):
But, in the end, does any of this matter? Mountain bikers have been flying under the radar for years, and still get rewarded for their ongoing scofflaw antics (and right under our very noses.) Is STRAVA any different from any other kind of mountain biking that goes on inside our forests and natural parkland.
Are new trails being cut by mountain bikers, both sanctioned and unsanctioned, with or without STRAVA? Most likely, yes! So what is there for the mountain bikers to "fear" when too many people remain silent about their ongoing off-road wreckreation antics, while the public land managers and politicians keep rewarding these mountain biking scofflaws? All I can do is to record what is going on inside our forests and wetland parks, "out of sight, out of mind...<sigh>
Meanwhile, mountain bikers are just turning our forests into a playground for their own inclusive use. They are, in effect, commercializing it, and privatizing it. There is no consideration or care for the future health and wellbeing of our forests and wetlands. Just saying the obvious. Without other voices of concern, we are just aiding the mountain bikers/NSMBA with their slow motion clear cut of our precious natural places.
How long before the "asleep at the wheel collective" wakes up to this stark reality about any kind of off-road wreckreation inside our forests and wetlands?