Let dogs have their day! Ban bicycles from Millcreek Canyon trails on odd (off-leash) days

Let dogs have their day! Ban bicycles from Millcreek Canyon trails on odd (off-leash) days

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Amanda Quinn started this petition to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and

Dogs are banned in many areas around Salt Lake City due to watershed restrictions. On odd days in Millcreek Canyon, dogs are allowed on hiking trails without a leash. However, with the recent boom in mountain biking, trails are becoming unsafe for dogs and their owners, as mountain bikes fail to yield to hikers and put dogs in danger; trail erosion is also a concern due to bikes passing hikers off of the trail instead of yielding.

While mountain bikes are allowed on basically every established hiking trail in the area, dogs are prohibited in most hiking areas (Bell Canyon, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Big Willow Creek, parts of City Creek Canyon, Corner Canyon, parts of Emigration Canyon, Lambs Canyon, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Little Willow Creek, Mountain Dell Canyon, Parley’s Canyon, and South Fork of Dry Creek, to name a few). Bicycles could easily find other places to ride on Off-Leash days.

Bicycles are already banned in Upper Millcreek on odd days (though some riders choose to ignore this rule anyway and others simply are not aware because of the policy in lower canyon trails - that confusion is somewhat understandable). By banning bicycles on trails in both Upper and Lower Millcreek Canyon trails, hikers and their dogs will regain some safety, and the trail systems will be given a chance to recover from bikes' wear and tear from overuse.

Dogs don't have many hiking options in Salt Lake City, while mountain bike options are endless - let dogs and hikers have their off-leash day without danger of bicycles!

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