Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration Department
BS in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration
Mountain biking has become an increasingly popular sport over the past couple of decades. Despite its popularity, some land managers struggle to understand and keep up with the evolving and heavy use of mountain bikes on their trails. The purpose of this study was to examine the motivations, needs, and demographics of mountain bicyclists in the West Cuesta Ridge Area of the Los Padres National Forest in San Luis Obispo, CA. Data were collected using self-administered questionnaires on site, at two different trailheads. From a sample of 36 subjects, findings included their demographics and preferred trail qualities. The key qualities were reported to be single-track, natural scenery, variety, flow, and technicality. Also researched were the differences in motivational factors between different riding types and skill levels. Overall, the most important motivations included enjoyment, exercise, and natural scenery. Land managers and advocacy groups should use this information as a tool to provide for their end users; and also use this study as a model to conduct similar research in their respective mountain biking areas.