US mountain bikers to benefit from National Park rule change

Thousands of miles of trails - but hikers not happy

The shape of things to come in US forest parks?

Mountain bikers could benefit from an upcoming rule change by the US National Park Service which is likely to open new trails for cyclists.


Under current regulations, bicycles are treated as motorised vehicles, and therefore banned from National Parks – a policy which the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) have been trying to overturn since 1992.

With over 170 forests and grasslands administered by the National Park Service and a potential 130,000 miles of trails, the rule change is a mouthwatering prospect for cyclists.


The American Hiking Society, however, are not happy, with some members claiming that mountain biking will erode the trails and lead to conflict between different users. IMBA are trying to address their concerns.