Hot to Write a Letter to the Editor

One key action that an individual can undertake to promote bike acces is to pen a letter to the editor for a local, regional or even a national publication. Whether there is an access crisis looming, a forest management plan under review or you just want to keep mountain bicyclists in the news, a letter to the editor is a great way to do it. These notes can be short, easy to write and are often printed.


Keep letters short. Newspapers rarely print more than 200 to 250 words. Keep letters positive. No one likes reading negative letters. Instead, try to offer constructive ideas or be part of the solution.

Email your letters and follow with a paper copy. Newspapers appreciate a digital copy but may require a hard copy with your signature for identity verification.

General Pro-Mountain Biking Points

Mountain biking is a low-impact, human-powered, legitimate recreation group. Cyclists give back to their local trail systems by volunteering, protecting the environment and preserving open space. The vast majority of cyclists are responsible, considerate riders.

Science shows that the environmental impact of bicyclists is similar to that of hikers. Off-road cycling is a great form of exercise and helps combat the societal trend toward obesity.

Bicycling helps reduce air pollution by getting people out of their cars and onto bikes. Mountain bike tourism contributes to the economic vitality of a community by boosting retail, restaurant, hotel, gas and grocery sales.

A united trails community — one that includes mountain bicyclists and other trail groups — can be a powerful, effective voice for increased federal, provincial and local recreational trails funding.

Deflecting Anti Mountain Bike Arguments

It is important to judge all trail users by the collective group, not a few inconsiderate people. Mountain bikers have a similar impact on the trail as hikers.

Trail damage typically stems from poorly constructed trails, regardless of user type. Trails can be built for all user groups to enjoy. Trails can be designed to control speed and support shared use.