Recently, I’ve tried to road bike or hike and have given up due to heavy truck traffic and noisy UTVs. Again this morning we counted seven huge tanker trucks, two flatbeds, a water truck and numerous pickups in the first mile of our road bike ride on state Route 313. UTV’s have made Sand Flats and Kane Springs roads miserable experiences for any activity.
Incredibly, Dead Horse Point was cited by the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation director as a success story for balance between industry and recreation. (He must not be a road biker or mind gas flares).
The outdoor recreation industry annually generates $12 billion and 122,000 jobs in Utah, and $646 billion nationally. Do we really want to drive them away for a few jobs in the extractive industry? And if low-paying tourist jobs are an issue, let’s work towards a living wage for all.
We get thousands upon thousands of runners and bikers and their friends and families here for events. They come, they spend money, and they leave without trashing our land or stressing our city and county services. Let’s reclaim the clean beauty, quiet, and night stars they’ve come here to see and enjoy.