Letter: Hiker asks mountain bikers to share trails in South Lake Tahoe | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Letter: Hiker asks mountain bikers to share trails in South Lake Tahoe

I am writing to support Gay Havens’ letter to the editor, “Hiker feels threatened by mountain bikers” (Sept. 29, 2015).

I, too, have had several near collisions from mountain bikers while hiking in the Saxon Creek Trail from the trailhead starting in the Meyers area. Speeding bikers, especially around limited sight trail curves, have been the greatest threat.

IMBA, the International Mountain Biking Association, states in its rules of the trail that mountain bikers should yield to other trail users. It is the mountain bikers’ responsibility to ride at a safe speed, and courtesy dictates the necessity for them to alert hikers when approaching behind them by voice or another form of noise producer so safe passing can occur for both biker and hiker. This is not only safety, but basic courtesy.

As both a hiker in the Tahoe area for 38 years and a mountain biker for 15 years, I encourage others to voice their concerns to the Tribune if similar trail misconduct has occurred.

David Berne

South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

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