An Argument against closing primative roads to 4×4 vehicle access…
…That I have never heard argued before by 4×4 folks.
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
Title II—Public entities (and public transportation)- prohibits disability discrimination by all public entities at the local (i.e. school district, municipal, city, county) and state level. Public entities must comply with Title II regulations by the U.S. Department of Justice. These regulations cover access to all programs and services offered by the entity. Access includes physical access described in the ADA Standards for Accessible Design and programmatic access that might be obstructed by discriminatory policies or procedures of the entity. (Like segregating the mountains to only the Athletic Elite)
Title III—Public accommodations (and commercial facilities)- no individual may be discriminated against on the basis of disability with regards to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, or accommodations of any place of public accommodation by any person who owns, leases (or leases to), or operates a place of public accommodation. “Public accommodations” include most places of lodging (such as inns and hotels), recreation, transportation, education, and dining, along with stores, care providers, and places of public displays, among other things.(I think our public lands falls in here also)
So what got me thinking about 4×4 and ATV Access for the disabled?
I have been using this argument myself for a long time- Once you close this road to vehicles, you are discriminating against the disabled and wheelchair bound, which means you are violating the Americans with Disability Act and how dare you! I am sure that the Forest Service has a mission to segregate our public lands to only be enjoyed by the Athletic Elite and I think that violates both Title II and Title III and they should be held accountable for such.
Do the disabled enjoy 4x4ing and ATVing?
They really do as I have not only taken Wounded Warriors up on 4×4 tours on several occasions and seen for myself how much they enjoy themselves, I also ran into these characters a couple days ago, all wheelchair bound who were enjoying the freedom and thrill of traversing the high country on ATV’s, and actually almost stole my lady customers, darn them. Sure looked like they where enjoying themselves to me! Tell me what you think on our Face Book page!