San Luis Obispo County has some wonderful multiuse trails. These trails are shared by hikers, bikers and some even accommodate equestrians.
I belong to a weekly hiking group and our hikers have recently had some “near misses” with bikers.
The rules of the trail call for bikes to yield to walkers. Recent encounters involved bikers on one way, downhill, “racing-style” descents.
Several of the bikers were hostile to requests to slow down — saying that it was their trail and hikers needed to get “out of the way.”
A member of the trail crew working on maintenance said that “probably nothing will change until someone gets hurt,” and added that the bike coalition helps maintain the trails — inferring this gives them an exception to the rules?
The reason the trails need maintenance is because bikes cause deterioration of the surface that hikers do not. This letter is to respectfully request bike groups to selfregulate their members. Some innocent hiker or equestrian should not be injured because a group tolerates rogue behavior.