Allow off-road vehicles access to the WV Rails to Trails system
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The sport of off-road vehicles is getting bigger each year. The rails to trails as they are bring in no money, no revenue. Allowing off-road vehicles (dirtbikes, atv, and side by side) to drive these trails could have benefits. Charge a yearly fee for a permit, I'd pay $50/year to be able to drive these trails. The towns that these trails pass through could receive a percentage of permit sales. These towns would also have visitors passing through spending money on fuel, food, lodging, equipment, etc. Towns such as Salem WV, could hold events in conjunction with the trails such as a benefit ride or poker run to raise money. Local businesses could benefit from people passing through on atvs. People living along the trails could easily provide a place to camp for a small fee. What is there to lose? Concerned about safety? Let's make rules for the system, establish a speed limit, give right of way to pedestrians and bicyclist, stay to the right, no camping on the trail, no fires on the trail, no alcohol on the trails, no trash left behind, safety equipment required, no vehicles over 64 inches in width, and a quiet hours time when vehicles can't be on the trails. Look at how well the southern part of the state does with Hatfield McCoy trails, it brings in off-road enthusiasts from all over the country. Instead of WV being the last state to do something, why not be the first to establish a border to border trail system. What is there to lose?
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