Gathering Storm: The Bikes & Wilderness Story

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In 1964, Congress passed the Wilderness Act which created the legal definition of wilderness in the United States and create a formal mechanism for designating wilderness areas. Among the many prohibited uses, the law declared that "there shall be no temporary road, no use of motor vehicles, motorized equipment or motorboats, no landing of aircraft, no other form of mechanical transport, and no structure or installation within any such area." From 1964 until 1984, bicylcles were not considered "mechanical transport" and thus permitted in wilderness areas. Since then, the law was reinterpreted to prohibit bikes, and thus large areas (primarily in the west) are off-limits to bikers. This is a short video from Bike Magazine about the issue.

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