Proposed Valley County Change Allows Fat-Tire Bikes on Groomed Trails

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A proposal that would allow cyclists to use groomed snowmobile trails in Valley County will be considered today as county commissioners open their microphones to a public hearing at the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade.

The McCall Star-News reports that the proposal would allow so-called "fat tire" bicycles (i.e. mountain bikes) across the groomed trails in snowbound areas.

"If the bikers wanted to have a race to Burgdorf, that would give us an opportunity to smooth it out for them," Valley County Recreation Director Larry Laxson told the Star-News. "Right now, if you go by state ordinance, fat tires can't be on the trails."

But the state of Idaho allows counties to exercise the option to allow such usage on the trails. The proposal would allow fat-tire bicycles to use the trails if owners purchase a $25 annual sticker, the same type of sticker purchased by snowmobilers.

Fremont County already allows fat-tire riders to purchase a sticker and use the hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails in their Eastern Idaho county, on the edge of Yellowstone National Park.


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