OOOOOOOh Gee Are Eee
I guess so? I just don't see these anti-ebike but ok with bike folks myself.Most of them I’ve worked with. They grudgingly accept mountain bikes and do what they can to reduce opportunities, but they’re immovable on ebikes. That’s equestrians and “hikers” (who continue to deny they’re just anti-MTB despite all the evidence).
As I've mentioned above, I don't think the two need to be tied at the hip regardless. I just think it's foolish in most cases to split our efforts. If mountain bike advocacy groups start tossing ebikes under the bus, they start losing membership, trail crew, and money. When you approach land managers, that's the currency they speak.
Can this trail group help build and maintain trails? Do they have money or access to grants to get new trails built? Do they have enough members to be worth working with?
eBikes are an increasing part of all of that. The forest service is shifting their trail access policies to give preference to user groups who are more capable of supporting their own trails. This is a big part of why bike access is so good where we are, mountain bike groups are a net positive to the national forests. Horseback riding groups require more resources and the forest service and other land managers are putting their needs on the back burner as a result.
Splintering our efforts means we now have 2 smaller/ less influential groups with sometimes conflicting goals. That makes the community as a whole less effective.