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Contentious hearing: horses vs. bikes at Huddart Park

Original post made on Sep 17, 2013

With cheering, clapping and catcalls, it sounded more like a football game than an important public hearing, as equestrians and mountain bikers faced off over a proposal for a Valley-to-Skyline mountain bike trail through Woodside's Huddart Park.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, March 29, 2006, 12:00 AM

Comments (5)

Posted by Susie
a resident of another community
on Sep 17, 2013 at 7:34 pm

I think horse crap poses a sanitation problem

Posted by resident
a resident of Woodside: Kings Mountain/Skyline
on Sep 17, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Bicycles are banned from almost all San Mateo County Parks lands, despite the fact that there are thousands of times more bicyclists than horse riders living in the county. It is about time that the county opened just one park to bicycling. There are plenty of places the horse riders can go if they want a public park all to themselves.

Posted by Janet L
a resident of another community
on Sep 18, 2013 at 9:42 am

I frequently ride my bike on the paved roads in Huddart Park from Greer to the park entrance on Kings Mountain. It's steeper, but far calmer and safer than riding lower Kings Mountain Road. If only I could have continued climbing up the mountain without being buzzed by car traffic.

Allowing bikes on a new trail that's on the other side of Kings Mountain does not mean that mountain bikers will illegally use the trails in the main park.

It's clear here that the horseback riders speaking at the event were selfishly trying to keep another group of users off the mountain, even in areas that they do not currently use. I even had one start to scold me for legally riding on the paved road in the park. Her friend shushed her.

Posted by Eric
a resident of another community
on Sep 7, 2014 at 1:16 pm

I am a trail runner and run frequently in Huddart Park. I run once a week on different mornings in the park. I consistently see evidence of mountain bike tracks on the trails in Huddart and have on two different mornings seen the same guy riding his mountain bike on the trails and confronted him. Each time I've told him it was illegal, and each time he apologized - acting "surprised". I also saw a group of three bikers descending the lonely trail in Phleger Estate in the early morning hours with lights….clearly choosing a time when the thought they could get away with it. I think the expressed concern that there aren't enough ranger resources to patrol for illegal usage is legitimate as the supposed "self-policing" doesn't appear to working.

Posted by another trail runner
a resident of Woodside: other
on Sep 7, 2014 at 4:25 pm

I not infrequently see mountain bikers riding into Wunderlich Park with headlights after it is dark. I used to get into a bit of a huff about it, but really I think it's about as much of a victimless crime as can be.

Technically the park is closed, so they aren't impacting any other users and they are getting some enjoying the park at their own risk. I choose to look the other way.

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