The USFS received over 900 comments, including strong comments from the cycling community in regard to this issue. They are currently making substantial revisions to the plan in response to those comments, but have not indicated what those revisions will be. The revisions will be forthcoming, but there is no firm date and they will likely take time before being published. All commenters will receive direct notification when the revisions are public. COMBA will distribute via our website, enews and this thread any public news we receive.
The USDA Forest Service is currently taking comments on a plan to relocate approximately 32 miles of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST) by moving the route from Forest Service roads onto newly built singletrack. This presents an incredible opportunity to enhance one of Colorado’s treasured backcountry experiences.
Unfortuantely, the current "preferred alternative" plan would not allow bicycles on the new singletrack. Instead, mountain bikers would be routed onto the existing roads.
Please join COMBA and IMBA in recommending a more bike-friendly solution. We are gathering comments in support of "Alternative 3" an option that the Forest Service is considering and which would allow bicycles on the new singletrack.
Take Action! Submit your comments here. Let the forest service know why backcountry bicycling experiences on singletrack are important to you. Some of the key points that IMBA will raise include:
- The current route is not a high-quality backcountry bicycling experience because it is limited to dirt roads.
- Backcountry bicycling is a highly valued experience and is perfectly suited for this segment of the CDNST.
- Mountain bicyclists bring valuable partnerships for trail design, building and maintenance as well as trail patrols that can offer assistance to other trail users.
Comments are due December 17, 2012, so don't delay.