Mountain biking at River Bend Nature Center: opinions & ideas sought for information meeting next week

Back in January, I blogged about mountain biking at the River Bend Nature Center (RBNC) in Faribault. I subsequently learned that there are officials trails and unofficial trails, making for a delicate situation.  As I wrote in a comment, the RBNC website doesn’t mention mountain biking specifically but #18 on their rules and regulations page says:

it shall be unlawful to… Operate a bicycle except on official trails and in designated areas;

Next week, there’s going to be a meeting to discuss mountain biking. On the RBNC website:

RBNC mtbCalling All Mountain Bikers

On Thursday, April 19, from 7 to 8 pm, River Bend Nature Center will be hosting an informational meeting regarding the trails that are being used for mountain biking. The meeting will take place in the Interpretative Center. Snacks and beverages will be provided!

Thanks to Curtis Ness at Milltown Cycles in Faribault for alerting me to this meeting. I’ll be there.  Anyone else going?


  1. What about just riding a bike, rather than operating it? I mean, operating sounds so fancy and complicated.

    April 13, 2012
  2. Griff Wigley said:

    Seebs, I guess if the RBNC has a rule book, they need official-sounding language to go with it!

    I’m guessing that phrase, “it shall be unlawful to operate a bicycle except on official trails and in designated areas” is borrowed from motorized lingo, ie, “it shall be unlawful to operate a motorcycle or ATV…”

    The words ‘ride’ or ‘drive’ must have some legal loophole in this context.

    April 14, 2012

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