I hear that he was caught crying like a baby, on video!
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001
Subject: A Respected Liar
Mr. Brian O'Neill
General Superintendent, GGNRA
San Francisco, CA 94123.
Dear Mr. O'Niell,
The Marin County Open Space District, responding to increasing
problems caused by mountain bicyclists, has recently considered
increasing the level of enforcement of its regulations and stiffening
penalties for their infractions. Strident opposition to this proposal
has been heard from cyclists, and from Mr. Michael More, a director
of the Marin Bicycle Trails Council. Also a four-year member of
the Marin County Open Space and Trails Committee, Mr. More
supposedly had worked in this capacity to resolve these problems.
Admonishing his colleagues on this committee, Mr. More steadfastly
insisted that increased enforcement of regulations was inappropriate,
and that the only effective means of resolving these problems was
through the "education" of what he repeatedly maintained were
only a small number of cyclists who simply didn't know any better.
As you doubtless know, among the three men recently apprehended
by a federal ranger for digging an illegal bicycle trail on GGNRA land
was Mr. More, himself. Shockingly, the duplicity with which he betrayed
his colleagues on the Trails Committee, the deceitful manner in which
he abused the public trust, his contempt for the rule of law, and his
wanton acts of vandalism are currently being lauded by Mr. Carl M.
Birkelbach, a seven-year Board member of the International Mountain
Bicycling Association (IMBA), who has likened Mr. More to Mahatma
Ghandi and Martin Luther King. Mr. Birkelbach is Midwest Regional
Coordinator for IMBA, and president of RIDE (Recreation for Individuals
Dedicated to the Environment). Of important note is one of RIDE's
sponsors, the SRAM Corp. which co-sponsored the mountain biking
video "Superheros" which features illegal mountain biking on Federal,
County, and private land.
There can be little doubt that such egregious behavior, demonstrated
by an individual in a leadership role and praised by mountain bicycling
advocates, serves as a small sample of what we may expect in abundance
in the future if it is not severely dealt with. It is my earnest hope that
you will do all within your power to see to it that this person is vigorously
prosecuted, and punished in a manner commensurate with the magnitude
of his crime. It is my sincere belief that anything short of this will only
serve to reassure everyone armed with a pick, a shovel, and the conviction
that they have a right to vandalize federal property that there will be no
serious consequences to their actions.