This has little effect on us here, but out west it can be a pain in the ass skirting around some of the most beautiful places on earth because of your mode of transport. Also, I imagine this could eliminate the mandatory fees that cyclists have to pay upon entering (as if they are cars), which is REALLY annoying.
Just trails. Road bikes are leagal, but you have to pay the car fee, which is like 10 bucks or some shit. (*** i am not sure this will eliminate the fee, but when i rode through glacier, I entered on a bike path and didnt pay a penny… i imagine you could do the same on dirt)
I did the great divide mountain bike route a few years ago and it purposefully had to skirt ALL of Yellowstone, so instead of being allowed to ride through it on dirt, we had to skirt the whole damned thing to the west then come in on dirt roads from the east to hit 287.
It was the same thing with glacier, we paralleled the border of it, but never actually entered it due to not being allowed to ride.
IMBA isnt saying go into wilderness areas and cut a bunch of trails. They are saying look at it on a case by case basis and if something is “wilderness” then leave it, but if there are multiuse trails, open them to bikes.