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MCAS Miramar to soon allow bicyclists on trail

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - It's been a bumpy road but local mountain bikers could soon have access to an off-limits trail along the east end of MCAS Miramar. 

The U.S. Marine Corps is expected to grant civilians permission to ride along the east end of the base. Cyclists risked $500 fines for trespassing onto the military base and in January some even had their bikes confiscated by military police. 

A video released this past January showed how military police stopped mountain bikers North of State Route-52, near mission trails park in Sycamore Canyon for trespassing on MCAS Miramar base.

The bikes were confiscated during a ride through restricted property, but the riders said there was no proper signage in the area.

At the time, the San Diego Mountain Biking Association went out with the military to check boundary signs, but according to the marines when would go up, it would end up vandalized or used as target practice. 

Most of the trails north of State Route 52 are owned by the U.S Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, yet mountain bikers have been riding the trails for years.

The controversy encouraged the military to work with the San Diego Mountain Biking Association to put up better signage. Although there is a resolution, the San Diego Mountain Biking Association said more work needs to be done to get more trails.

The San Diego Mountain Biking Association still recommends bikers to not bike North of State-Route 52 until trails are clearly outlined.

The San Diego Mountain Biking Association announced it will blog as the process unfolds. 

 

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