Important Public Service Announcement on trail usage.
The USFS, Pisgah District, has contacted PAS requesting our assistance with addressing a rash of reported and witnessed user conflicts. Please bear in mind that this is a very serious issue. Pisgah District staff have never directly approached us on these points before.
District staff have received a number of complaints regarding rider behavior recently, namely riders not yielding to or “buzzing” hikers while descending. Black Mountain trail has been a specific focal point for complaints. Furthermore, during a recent staff training on Pilot Rock trail, District staff encountered a group of descending mountain bikers who did nothing other than yell “Get out of the way! ” and came through the training at breakneck speed with no effort to slow down, yield, or otherwise respect the safety of the hikers (who happened to be district staff).
Due to the number of complaints received and the witnessed incident, the USFS has generated a written response to the complaints which includes that they will request PAS to communicate to local riders the need to respect other users. This post is part of our effort to do so.
Folks, we cannot express how serious this is. If incidents continue, a review of trails for possible closure to mountain bike use will occur. It’s that simple. Our behavior cannot be perceived as a threat to either the safety or the enjoyment of other forest user groups. When we do,intentionally or unintentionally, cause others to feel threatened, we are jeopardizing our future ability to ride the trails we love. Please respect this warning that we have been directly given by District staff.
In case you want it, here’s a link to the IMBA Rules of the Trail:
Rules of the trail on PAS web site.
Thanks, and feel free to post questions or concerns here, but please also remember that this is a serious issue when making said posts.