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Bragg officials want bikers to stay away

Posted April 2, 2013

— Fort Bragg officials said Tuesday that mountain bikers riding in protected areas on post and on training grounds have become a major problem.

Portions of Fort Bragg are federally protected because of prehistoric artifacts, such as pottery, in the soil. Officials say bikers have ignored the warning signs and continue to disturb the area.

A wooded area off Chicken Road, for example, has been a popular destination for bikers, who have made trails and dug holes to build ramps.

"We want to bring people up to speed on the value of the ancient, Native American sites that are on Fort Bragg and the importance of protecting those sites," said Joe Herbert, an archaeologist for Fort Bragg.

Mountain biking has also been a problem on old training ranges, where unexploded ordnance poses a serious risk to trespassers.

Anyone found disturbing a protected archaeological site could be charged with a felony.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 3, 2:59 p.m.

    Is it a park or a military base? If it's a park, that's one thing. Maybe let the people start excavating their treasures?

    But if the military has used, or is using, it...how could any civilian have any sort of equal impact to the land?...with a bicycle. Does that 2" wide rubber footprint somehow equal huge metal tank treads with umpteen tons on top?

    And, it's just funny to hear the military say that something is dangerous.

  • GoGreen Apr 3, 2:47 p.m.

    Cyclists. They are cyclists, not bikers.

  • OakRapp Apr 3, 12:11 p.m.

    Mtn. bikers riding in areas containing unexploded ordinance sounds like a self-correcting problem.

  • Glass Half Full Apr 3, 12:08 p.m.

    They have a facility set aside just for mountain biking. In fact they've restricted the area to only bicycles. Used to be shared with the horses but no longer. After the tornado a couple of years ago, they've let the stable and it's brand new office go to waste and devoted the whole piece of property to bikes. No sympathy if some less than intellegent person gets blown to smithereens riding a bike on a range.

  • CharmedLife Apr 3, 11:42 a.m.

    It's a military base folks not a park or playground..3forme

    --Extremely good point!

  • Viewer Apr 3, 9:55 a.m.

    I wonder what % of the mountain bikers are young soldiers stationed at Bragg?

  • skysoldiervn Apr 3, 9:17 a.m.

    Fort Bragg has a mountain bike trail. Accesible from Honeycutt Road. It has been quite a few years ago, but a person was deer hunting in a impact area. Military stated that it would be too risky to try and get the vehicle out. The owner lost his vehicle, but he could also have lost his life As3forme stated. this is a miliary facility. These training areas that are being used could be deadly.

  • kermit60 Apr 3, 8:44 a.m.

    I understand what they are trying to do but it just seems funny that the military used the areas for training for years, driving trucks, digging holes etc. Now it suddenly becomes important and bicycles are destroying it?

  • NoRespect Apr 3, 8:24 a.m.

    Maybe they could post a map to these sites...

  • hollylama Apr 3, 8:15 a.m.

    "We want to bring people up to speed on the value of the ancient, Native American sites that are on Fort Bragg and the importance of protecting those sites"

    Out come the shovels.

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