What is hilarious is that my understanding is that this all got touched off by a bunch of vandalism and partying in Sweetwater parking lot by non-bicyclists. Apparently the sheriff then commenced to ticketing indiscriminately whenever they drove through to combat the issue.
Ironically, when we are preparing for a night ride, we'll occasionally see those same people looking to party drive up, glare at us and then drive away. So I would submit that having bicyclists use the parking lot for its intended purpose for a couple hours actually helps dissuade people from partying there during that time.
Probably what is needed is a "night trail use permit". You pay $10 bucks, get your sticker and then sign a waver signifying your understanding that you release the county from any responsibility for damages incurred to your or your property during those hours. Iin return, if the sheriff swings by to do some ticketing, they avoid the cars with night trail use stickers.
Just my $0.02 as a cyclist.
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