Camella N Hans Koeller 
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Re: “Danehy

***I’m not a typist, nor am a good proof reader. Please disregard my typos.***
Really, “dark isn’t a time?” Time can be defined as “a particular period considered as distinct from other periods.” You are wrong correcting James on this point. For clearly “dark” is the period opposite “day light.”

Anyway, you did hit the nail on the head with the comment “… if people like to do it, and they respect the desert, good for them.” Many of us do not just like MTBing we love it and each for our own reasons. I’d venture to say most of us cannot manage to get enough time out on trails as it is. Between families, jobs, and obligations we must fit in trail time whenever possible. For many us this means before or after work during the week and, as Cassie pointed out, before or after the heat of the desert during the weekends - in others words at night.
The lights available are definitely not “relatively narrow and don't illuminate off to the side.” I, and others too, ride with more than one light. One narrow “high-beam” which illuminates about 30 yards ahead and the a second defused light which illuminates about 12 yards out and 4 yards to the left and right. Yes, illuminating an 8 yard wide path for a vehicle requiring a mere yard across is definitely overkill. But the point is we’ve plenty of light. Oh, and before the question is posed, each rider determines what “plenty of light” is for themselves.
Patrols… who cares! Seriously, folk are going to hike out into the desert and hide behind a cactus to mug me for a few powerbars? Well… maybe my $5,000 bike… but anyway I’ll assume from your dislike of hiking you’ve spent little or no time on the trails at night. If you had, you know running into another biped is not likely to occur. You'd find plenty of MTBers, wildlife, and livestock though. More frequent patrols are not needed. And will not be needed unless crimes on the trails begin to happen. As it stands right now, we are already out there not being mugged by criminals, only the city if a patrol feels like enforcing an unnecessary law. (Just a note: thanks to all the policemen out there. Your job is dangerous, and I appreciate what you do.) There is no reason to believe that if we were legally riding the trails at night things would become unsafe for us.
This is not a tough call. Also it is irrelevant that we are adults. The statement insinuates that parents are unable to decide where there children may play. Please tell me you do not believe that the government should be making parenting decisions for the families of Pima County. No special measures must be taken. We’ve enough laws in this “land of the free.” So many laws that the USA incarcerates more citizens than China. Parents must simply be held accountable to know the location of their children. And again, we need not protecting from patrols. We simply must educate ourselves about the risks of the desert. Let us call this idea “individual responsibly.” The great thing about individual responsibility is it is free! As for being protected from gang members… really you seriously think drug addicts and the like are out hiking at night through the desert? I assure you I’ve yet to find one. I assume due to the lack of munchies.
Waivers? Really? Man I hate bureaucracy, especially when it is more stupid than usual. Why would waivers be needed for night riding and not during the day? Have you conducted a survey of emergency rooms and discovered more MTB accidents occur at night when we are riding slower as to not over ride our lights? From personal experience more accidents happen during the day than night. However, this brings me back to personal responsibly. If I get hurt, it is my own fault. I need not to a sign a waiver to be a responsible citizen. But, if something must written out at the very most simply post a sign at the trail-head stating “Use at own risk. Any rescue will be charged to the person being rescued. If the person cannot afford the bill, they shall work off the debt via community service at minimum hourly wage.”
In the end you got it right. Thank you for agreeing to let us ride. All we want to do is get out of our homes, offices, and cars to live an active lifestyle that suits us. And with the last study expecting 75% of Americans to be fat by in only 8 years, restricting the times we can use the trails is just plain wrong. If anything we, all citizens, should be given incentives to get out and live a healthy active lifestyle. So please, just let us ride.
~Hans K.

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Posted by Camella N Hans Koeller on 05/12/2012 at 2:14 PM

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