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Leave it for bikes

September 17, 2008

Re "Go wild," editorial,

Sept. 13

The Times' editorial supporting new federal wilderness perpetuates the common misconception that bicyclists are allowed in wilderness areas. We should be, but we're not. [See correction, lower left.]

For that reason alone, the Pleasant View area of the Angeles National Forest should not be designated wilderness. There are two long north-south trails that provide mountain bicyclists with a unique mountain-peaks-to-desert backcountry experience. Furthermore, the area is protected by a stringent management plan. Many of the areas in the bill should be wilderness, but not Pleasant View.

Jim Hasenauer

Woodland Hills

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