Sunday, March 28, 2010

GR Press writer: Bikers, hikers get shaft as combustion engine crew stacks Gov's advisory board

Do those of us who prefer nonmotorized means of enjoying our parks, woods and meadows get shafted when it comes to policy deliberations about how trails are managed? Howard Meyerson from the Grand Rapids Press thinks so:

He blames Gov. Jennifer Granholm for stacking the trails advisory committee with advocates of snowmobiling and ORVs to the exclusion of folks representing hikers, mountain bikers, cross-country skiers, backpackers, paddlers (water trails) equestrians and touring cyclists who use the state’s rail-to-trail system.

Good groups like the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, with whom I collaborate on occasion, are left out of the discussions, Meyerson says.

But there are still a couple of unfilled seats on the committee, so Meyerson’s column comes at a good time.
If you want to tell the governor to include more “quiet” outdoor activities on the trails committee, call or write her here:

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