Social Exclusion and Tension on the Trail

Mountain bikes emerged from a counterculture that started in Marin County.  These pioneers rode Mount Tamalpais engineering better bikes along the way.  Issues of trail utilization quickly became a topic of conflict between mountain bikers and other users.   Hikers, equestrians, and other longtime users of the lands did not always appreciate the new denizens.  Bans for trail access were placed on mountain bikes creating a battle over land use that continues today.  This conflict was essential for the growth of the mountain bike.  This exhibit focuses on the peak of the debates, from the mid 1980s to the mid 1990s along with disagreements and restrictions that still exist today.  The story is told via the news coverage, collected by Charlie Kelly.


Sarah McCullough, Kasey Van Gelder, Matthew McSwain