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Mountain bikes and metropolitan park districts: issues and trends identified by state parks and state park districts in OhioAuthor(s): Eric L. Longsdorf; Ruthie Kucharewski
Source: In: Burns, R.; Robinson, K., comps. Proceedings of the 2006 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium; 2006 April 9-11; Bolton Landing, NY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-14. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 157-164.
Publication Series: General Technical Report - Proceedings
Station: Northern Research Station
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DescriptionThis study explored selected issues and trends related to mountain biking within Ohio State Parks and Park Districts. A convenience sample of 21 State Parks and 26 Park Districts completed a 24-item survey assessing mountain bike: (a) access, (b) activity levels, (c) planning, and (d) management. Results indicated that 86 percent of State Parks participating in the study allowed on-road or off-road mountain bike activity, compared to only 31 percent of participating Park Districts. Out of the 26 State Parks or Park Districts allowing mountain biking, 65 percent reported experiencing increased mountain bike activity, while 38 percent considered mountain biking either a resourcemanagement or recreation-management concern. Of the 21 State Parks or Park Districts not allowing mountain biking activity, 57 percent indicated mountain bike users illegally trespassing on park grounds, and 52 percent indicated having discussed opening areas to mountain biking or including mountain biking in future management plans.
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CitationLongsdorf, Eric L.; Kucharewski, Ruthie. 2007. Mountain bikes and metropolitan park districts: issues and trends identified by state parks and state park districts in Ohio. In: Burns, R.; Robinson, K., comps. Proceedings of the 2006 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium; 2006 April 9-11; Bolton Landing, NY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-14. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 157-164.
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