BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Those who like a rough ride on their mountain bikes have some new support.

Alex DeMetrick reports it might help keep trails open in Loch Raven Reservoir.

It’s not peace and quiet mountain bikers are looking for at Loch Raven Reservoir. It’s the excitement of riding trails that aren’t easy to walk, let alone wheel over. But Baltimore City, which owns and manages Loch Raven, is worried about erosion as soil torn loose builds up as sediment in the reservoir.

So mountain bikers are seeking a compromise.

“Relocating those trails outside of the buffer zone and making them sustainable so we don’t get any erosion or sediment in the reservoir,” said Dave Ferraro, Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts.

And now Baltimore County Councilman David Marks is backing the idea with a resolution.

“Trying to develop a compromise so they can expand the mountain bike trail in the reservoir and also maintain the quality of the reservoir’s water,” Marks said.

Currently, the city has fire trails open to biking, which mountain bikers find far too tame. It’s an issue that’s been active for years. The city’s concern in the past was about maintaining a healthy watershed.

“When you have ground compacted, vegetation can’t grow. When you start honeycombing an entire area, then you don’t have woods; you have a series of mud trails,” said DPW spokesman Kurt Kocher.

“We’re ready to develop a trail system, do sustainable trail work, mapping, trail clean up days, whatever’s needed,” Ferraro said.

“I think they’ve shown a good faith effort and hopefully the city can step up to the plate,” Marks said.

With compromise smoothing the way for a rough ride.

A county resolution has no legal force on the city, which continues its talks with the mountain biking community.

Comments (3)
  1. Bill says:

    Who will pay for this operation when we cannot give employee.s raises. The country cannot pay their bills and we are buikding bike trails? Get real this should not even be debated? Let them ride the trails we have and moderate the extent of their use as other state parks do. Trade off with the and have the group clean the shorelines a couple times a year. They should pruchase a permit to us e the trails as well to offset any repairs. I believe if you can pay a 1000.00 for a bike, a $25 yearly permit is not much to ask. Boaters/Familys pay $75 for State Parks

  2. scott fahdt says:

    @ Bill…The operation will not need to be paid for with taxpayer money. We, the mountain bikers will build and maintain the trails, as we’ve done for the past 25 years. We’ve long been stewards of the watershed, cleaning up the trash and debris left by other user groups, and trying to reach agreements with the city on watershed issues.
    As for the permit idea, I think you would find that most mt bikers would support it wholeheartedly, if the money was used to maintain the watershed access for all users.

  3. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    I would like to see more biking trails. These people for the most part are responsible & caring about eco systems. The car full of day picnic idiots that leave their trash & beer cans behind, I would like to see a minimum of a $1000 fine for starters.

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