What about oncoming sleds?As someone who went snowmobiling for the first time last weekend, up in St. Germain, WI, I can say the last thing I'd want to see on the trails riding a sled are bikers or hikers. The speed differences are much too extreme and would be dangerous for both sides IMO, and I'm by no means a safety nut.
Good point, but unavoidable unless they are one-way trails. My thought is the speed disparity going in the same direction would create a much higher incident rate when coming up on someone too fast due to winding trails, hills, etc, to slow or avoid other people. Motorized vehicles in the same direction are less likely to have such a speed disparity. That's my opinion on the matter coming from new exposure to the situation. I'm sure there are valid points all around.What about oncoming sleds?
Straight from Ashwaubenon.Not this sh!t again...
Ohh-You know I'm sure there are some bikers who think bikes should not be in the road, sidewalk or ski resort also. Just dare preference.I'd rather groom my own singletrackthan share a trail with a bunch of drunk slednecks. I've seen snowmobiling inthe midwest, it's not a pretty thing.
You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Gigantic again.I'd rather groom my own singletrack than share a trail with a bunch of drunk slednecks. I've seen snowmobiling in the midwest, it's not a pretty thing.
The safety concern is totally unacceptable! To admit publicly that these guys operate in this manor is cause for grave concern. As Bob said below "what if they meet another sled in the corner", or a deer, or a groomer? Maybe I am naive but I am certain these guys are at least a little bit cautious as a general rule. The sleds I encounter are almost always pretty courteous but probably because the trail I ride is multi-use with bikes, skiers, and dog walkers. I personally feel that is the direction these trail operators need to go. Make the trails multi-use and require some level of courtesy toward the pedestrian users. Going across a frozen lake is a whole different story but on trails in the woods they are not likely to operate at the same speed. I think it's similar to riding your bike on the road. Even though there are laws about speed, alcohol, and right of way, there are still people operating cars under the influence, speeding, distracted, and sometimes just hateful. People are killed on the road regularly but we are still riding our bikes on them and that is the way it is.I think the safety concerns are valid.
That was me and my friends in High School.I think the safety concerns are valid. I used to ride a sled and the speed they are capable of is incredible. Mix that with a little booze and bad judgment or an idiot who wants to buzz the bikers at 100+ and someone is getting killed. I am not saying that they have a right to be drunken asshats but its bound to happen.