Comments by Longfellow

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Written on Letter: Elitist Mountain Bikers:

By creating the trails in South Knoxville, hundreds of acres of land have been preserved for future residents of Knoxville by the work that has been done by Legacy Parks, The Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, Knox County and The City of Knoxville as well as many others.

I use these trails for recreation and am glad to have them for that purpose. I also know people who use these trails as a link to the Will Skelton Greenway to commute to downtown Knoxville . I've done this myself. I am a cyclist and environmentalist. Mountain Bikers in Knoxville don't take away from the greenway movement, they substantiate it and for a person who espouses cycling as transportation to demonize a group of cyclists is divisive and destructive to the whole movement in my opinion. I choose not to let someone's words divide me off into a "camp" where I can be identified as different. Parker Palmer once wrote (and I paraphrase) that the more we focus on our differences the more we begin to objectify each other. Once I become an object to you, I have no worth and you might not even see me as human; at that point you can justify any actions at all toward me. We are people who value nature and yet we are choosing not to see our commonalities, only our differences.

I'll champion trails for recreation any day of the week and also work hard to make sure Knoxville continues to become the best bike friendly community it can be.

Sam Adams

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