Questions about motorized use ban |

Questions about motorized use ban

Laura Lewark

As a registered voter and a resident of Summit County for 41 years. I would like an answer to the comments made in Thursday’s Summit Daily News. I want to know what the reasons are on why “it just needed to be done.” May I remind you that you are public servants who need to make unbiased decisions regardless of what your own personal opinions are. I have recreated in this area as a child. I continue to live and raise my children here. As the years go by, I continue to watch as more and more areas are shut down to motorized use. As it stands now, there are but a handful of areas that I can share with my children in the same capacity that my parents shared them with me. I am very frustrated that we continue to give in to the non-motorized users without any regard that there are others who enjoy to recreate in other ways. I would appreciate a response to the following questions.

A. What are the reasons for shutting down the area? I would appreciate a response separate from the tired excuse that there is conflict. Let’s try and come up with something better. I believe that there are better solutions to this than to completely eliminate one group’s preference over another’s.

B. In regard to safety, I would like to know how many incidents have occurred between motorized and non-motorized users in this area that have a direct correlation to safety.

C. Please list the areas that are currently available to motorized users versus areas that are used for non-motorized use. I believe this will be very eye-opening to the commissioners as to how one-sided this issue is.

Just a little further food for thought, as I also mountain bike, hike and camp in addition to motorized use: I personally have noticed on the trails that are no longer open to motorized use, the single track on many trails is so deep that you can’t even walk on them so separate trails on either side are being made as well. How do you propose to correct this?

I look forward to your responses.

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