Bush opens parks to mountain bikes.

Author:Scheer, Roddy
Position:THIS WEEK - On U.S. President George W. Bush's decision to allow mountain bikes in national parks
 
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Environmentalists are incensed at a new Interior Department plan to allow mountain bikes on trails in national parks across the country. Backers of the controversial plan, which would overturn a two-decades-old ban on trail riding in national parks--say they hope it will go into effect before President Bush, himself an avid mountain biker, leaves office this January.

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But there's a downside, say environmentalists. According to the nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), mountain biking on trails can cause erosion, damage native plants and disturb other trail users, and as such has no...

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