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CVNP looks at adding mountain biking to park usage
Park board reviewing environmental impact statement
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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Mountain bike enthusiasts have long lobbied for access to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Bikers ususally create separate trails so as not to interfere with hikers.
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The new superintendent of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park says a decision on whether to allow mountain bikers on park trails is one of his top priorities. Stan Austin took over the 33,000 acre park in September. He formerly managed Yosemite and Glen Canyon National Parks. 

Local mountain bike groups have been pushing for years for greater access to the park, and Austin and the park board are reviewing public comments as part of an environmental impact study on their proposal. But unlike the previous administration, Austin is leaving the door open, "I want to work with these groups and make something happen for them. We won’t say bikes will be here in the park, but they’ll understand the steps to get to a decision.”

 
Federal law leaves it up to the superintendent’s discretion whether to provide mountain bike trails within the park based on the environmental impact analysis. The change would require rewriting the park’s guidance rules.
CVNP superintendent Stan Austin

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