It all about the person’s values. I haven’t ridden in a motorized boat in 20 years. I haven’t ridden a snowmobile since the 1970’s and I never been on an ATV. All the vehicles I ever owned have been 4 cylinders. I currently own a hybrid. My house is energy star rated, heated with a geo-thermal heat pump. I am lucky because I live 12 miles from work, so most days I take my bicycle. This not only saves the environment and pocketbook, but burns calories, relives stress and keeps me healthy. What could be more positive than that? I am in the process of tracking my carbon footprint and plan to buy carbon credits.
Most people don’t like high gas prices. Our culture is driven by the internal combustion engine. I am one of the few that would like to see gas prices go much higher. If gas prices go above $6.00, then I think it mayl put the end to the people wasting fuel and polluting the environment for their motorized toys and start living their lives in a more positive way. For many, the only way you can change their behavior is through the pocketbook.
If the Fall Ride is such a good thing for the area, why don’t we make the event carbon neutral? The promoters and the businesses that benefit could buy carbon credits and the promoters could promote it as a green, motorless-alcohol free biker event. Think about it, no noise, no pollution, little litter, no drunks endangering people on the roads. Think how much healthier and more positive the event would be? I certainly know this is not going to happen; I am just fantasizing.
Again, it’s all about the person’s values. We aren’t all “gas fumers” that live here. There are other people that feel the same as I do and don’t want to be destroyers of the forest. They have rights too and so should the forest. ATV’s need to stay on their trails as well as snowmobiles, and mountain bikers. The county forests should be open to all, but walk lightly. Our forests are much more fragile than people think.