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In the recent article "Talpa Ridge Trail System," my comments at the Forest Service Meetings were either misquoted, or misunderstood by the reporter. I am not opposed to improvements in the trails system to better adapt it for use by everyone. My position is that multi-use trails are hazardous when used by both wheeled traffic and foot traffic.

My wife is an avid trail runner who runs either the South Boundary, Ojitos, Carmelita, Talpa and Talpa Traverse trails every other day, and she covers 8-12 miles at a time. Lately, the trails are becoming congested due to the fact that COVID-19 shutdowns are reducing recreational options, and people are not working. These trails are all multi-use, and mountain bikers are swarming them. Many are not being respectful of the runners, and hikers also using them.

For years, mountain bikers have eyed with envy thousands of miles of single-track trails winding through pristine forests across the West — paths cut off to them since 1984, when the U.S. Forest Service formally added bike riding to the list of …

Kim Shuler, from Dallas, TX, runs on the windsor trail on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. Two Utah US senators have proposed a bill that would allow mountain bikes and motorized tools, including chainsaws, in wilderness areas. The proposal struts through …

A helicopter from Classic Air Medical near Valle Escondido, where its crew briefed with first responders working to reach an injured mountain biker on the South Boundary Trail Sunday (Oct. 4).

An injured mountain biker was airlifted from the South Boundary Trail east of Taos Sunday afternoon (Oct. 4) after an hours long effort by first responders to reach him. The bicyclist was riding alone near Mondragon Canyon when he suffered an …