Mountain bike activists have sunk to a new low
January 27, 2001
Mountain biking activists (their leaders, no less) have stooped to a new low
by having young children make telephone calls to adults, to debate the issue
for them. Because of my right to take a position on a public issue, I have
begun to receive telephone calls at my home from adults who do not
On January 26, I received a call from an obviously young child asking me if I
hate bike riding, and other similar confrontational questions. I clearly
heard an adult whispering to the child but I answered the child's questions
because I felt sorry that this innocent young person was being manipulated.
The child identified the name of the adult who put him up to the call which I
will retain. My husband, a police officer, was home to verify what occurred.
It is no secret that I oppose illegal mountain biking and the damage it
causes. Because this is known, the call was not intended to be anything but
a prank by nameless adults who chose to whisper to a child rather than speak
directly. The call to my home is an escalation in negative and cowardly
behavior by mountain bike activists who have already made numerous threats to
my neighbors and me, in addition to vandalizing private property and
physically attacking some who have objected to their destructive conduct.
However, to be so irresponsible as to place a child in the middle of the
issue, without having the scruples to identify themselves, shows that these
people will stop at nothing to further their cause.