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Written on Letter: Elitist Mountain Bikers:

in response to JoshBrem:

Mr Ezduzit,

Bro, Im totally agreeing with you. Clearly you are an expert in this matter, and you're right no-one can stop these sort of actions. I take solace in knowing that projects are pushed through by people that obvious take the time to do real solid research such a professional like yourself Mr. Ezduzit. You're right get out of the way different people, NO, get OUT of town hell ya, and let us in and have FUN. I think you're right too as you say in the last sentence, probably low income people anyway. Wink wink. I hear ya bro.

Josh Bremseth
leaving all meetings and decisions to others.

I am a professional and I have worked hard my whole life to get there without handouts. I do know know the facts and understand the reality of the situation. Why should my time and money go to suppport programs, initiatives, etc. that benefit the few instead of the majority that actually funds said programs and initiatives? I exercise, I mountain bike, my family enjoys the greenways, and we are healthy. We work hard, we contribute to society, we are educated, we participate, and we are informed. This is available to all citizens in this country. Myself and others want a better life for ourselves and we work hard to achieve those goals. This holds true for creation of the Urban Wilderness Trails. The builders have pride in the trails and maintain them without taxpayer support. Uncle Sam cannot continue to carry the load of the lazy forever.

Written on Letter: Elitist Mountain Bikers:

in response to notanotherboulder:

ezduzit, you are really illustrating haworth's point about the class divide—"the County is tired of cleaning up after you"?
your ignorant & prejudice attitude was what she was talking about. The low-income areas of Knoxville are neglected & marginalized by the City. Do you think that perhaps over time this could lead residents of those areas to feel disempowered and hopeless enough to throw their trash on the ground?...
The general public's misunderstanding of the intricate & insidious consequences of the class divide are very saddening.

Further, the real motive comes out: "This project is good because it will attract 'environmentally friendly' companies to the area, like Google for example."
Anyone who thinks Google is an environmentally friendly company should probably take off their rose-colored reading glasses and really look into things.
Try this brilliant investigative story for starters: http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.ph...

And anyway, that really is what this is about, isn't it? Attracting business (& becoming the next Boulder or Austin). As the MP story says, Pilot is the #1 donor to Legacy Parks. Gee, this is really starting to look more and more corporate-backed.

Hell yea, let Pilot put money back into the community....and this is a bad thing? Attract new companies, decrease unemployment, better jobs, more taxes for education and other city services. OR.....let this City stagnate. Legacy Parks is doing something the City does not have the money to do....create more high-quality parks that everyone can enjoy. The Urban Wilderness Trails are located in the middle of a traditional low income area and most of the residents in the area are receptive and some use the trails. These trails WILL increase their property values. How is this Bad? This is a pure win- win situation.

Written on Letter: Elitist Mountain Bikers:

in response to JoshBrem:

Alot of hard work has gone into those trails Holly. Its true that we had to weigh the interests of the environment and perhaps other non-biking types against the interest of our minority with city funding. But, I would counter by saying that in the end that land was abandoned, and lets face it worthless, until we came in there with our machinery to cut and level trails so that we could recreate in our free-time. Furthermore, we feel that this option is the healthiest in the long term. After all, that land has been abused for a long time by humans and it is not healthy, hence, not really worth the time to even think about any other option but pure fun. We've basically summarized this whole view point in the logo for our project. We have a leaf with tire prints on it, now FINALLY nature and everybody else can take a back seat for ONCE and let us have a little fun. I mean for real, this city is like a nature preserve as it is; this one area wont hurt. Now, if we could just get the remaining animals off of the land - to prevent any mishaps for our bikes - and perhaps disturb enough soil to allow invasive (easy to chop) species in there it'll be perfect.

Josh Bremseth
President of The Mtn Bikers of God Bless America

Josh, you are absolutely retarded. You people do not get it at all. The trails are a catalyst for change in the County. I have performed dozens of environmental impact studies for various projects across the country. This is low impact to the environment and some cases a plus because it provides a corridor of travel for certain species that was not there before due to invasive species. The project is good because it will attract environmentally friendly companies to the area, like Google for example, and many others that demand this benefit for their employees. A greenway is basically a small road that cuts through natural habitat (in some cases). Regardless, you people can get on board or take a backseat because the momentum is there and the train will not stop. You do not do the work, you do not attend the meetings, you do not make the decisions so deal with it or get the hell out of town. I have no need for 0%ters. By the way, if you have transportation woes, ride the freaking bus. Enjoy your free time in one of the many parks accross the county. The ones located in the low income areas are trashed and the County is tired of cleaning up after you.

Written on Letter: Elitist Mountain Bikers:

in response to zakuhryeuh:

I feel that all of the above commenters would do well to reread the letter. Haworth was not attacking anyone's right to be a mountain biker, but merely drawing attention to the disparity in rights between those who ride bikes for transportation versus those who ride for entertainment. Not to mention that a letter to the editor is not an article and primarily expresses an opinion rather than a body of research data. As someone who rides for transportation, rather than just for fun, I find Haworth's assessment of the situation very valid. The truth is, I have lived in several cities in the US and Knoxville is severely lagging in this arena. Even something as simple as the awareness that bicycles belong in the street and not on the sidewalk seems to be missing. It seems from your comments that you all read the title (written by MetroPulse, I have no doubt) and skipped actually reading the letter. The disproportionately hostile reaction to this opinion makes me think that perhaps she has struck a nerve— that perhaps the guilt associated with your white privilege is exerting itself as meaningless aggression. It's a common trope for the haute bourgeois to repeat the mantra "I am by no means wealthy," as if speaking it will make it so. But, I suppose Voltaire knew best: "No man is satisfied with his fortune, yet every man is satisfied with his wit."

What the heck is wrong with riding a bike for entertainment (exercise)? Most of the mountain bikers I know are proponents of bike transporation around town and have worked hard at making it better. I know several mountain bikers that commute everyday. If people like you and Ms. Haworth got involved like the rest of us in various pro-bike groups in Knoxville then you might see the hard work that is being done "behind the scenes" to make Knoxville a better place both on and off the road. Knoxville may not be the most bike frinedly place in town but we are working on it. I would suggest Ms. Haworth do some research before posting on topics she obviously knows nothing about. White privelege has absolutely nothing to do with this whatsoever. I see bums riding bikes all around town - black ones, white ones, and some crazy ones.

Written on Letter: Elitist Mountain Bikers:

I can't believe that Metro Pulse even published this letter. I understand freedom of speech but Holly's letter has so many unsubstantiated claims it is ridiculous. I did a search on Holly and ran across a few more of her unsubstantiated articles and letters. I work in the environmental industry and I can guarantee that this woman has no clue what she is talking about. Has Holly even seen the trails she is complaining about? Before the mountain bike club came in, many portions of the trail system were a complete dump that is now cleaned up. I go there frequently and the whole system provides a recreational opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts and local residents. There is no question that the trail system has improved the quality of life for so many including the rich, poor, black, white, and any combination you can think of. And greenways....has Holly bothered to look at the MPC long-term plans for the greenway system? It appears to me that the greenways will/are evenly distributed across all sectors of the county and city. The City just finished up a new segment of the greenway alongside the interstate at Papermill. Holly has offended the hard work of so many with this letter it would be impossible to list them all. Please Holly, move somewhere else. Knoxville does not need your ignorance and prejudice.

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