National Park Service superintendents will have greater leeway to open their dirt roads to cyclists under new regulations published Friday by the Department of the Interior. Previously, superintendents had to seek a special dispensation to open roads to cyclists. Set to come into effect August 6, the new policy will allow parks to open roads after receiving input from the public and conducting environmental planning. Roads previously closed to mountain bikers—such as fire roads and roads used by park maintenance—may be opened on a case-by-case basis. “This new rule gives park superintendents greater flexibility to determine where bikes can be allowed in a park and additional authority to shut areas where cycling is jeopardizing visitors or park resources,” NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis said.
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