Meetings on Bishop ATV Trail System

ATV(PRESS RELEASE)  The City of Bishop invites you to join them at a public meeting to discuss the
PROPOSED ATV Trail System. Three public meetings have been scheduled to take
place on:
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
6:00 PM
At the Bishop Senior Center
Located at:
682 Spruce Street
Bishop, CA 93514
Monday, October 7, 2013
6:00 PM
At the Tallman Pavilion
Located at the:
Tri-County Fairgrounds
Sierra Street & Fair Drive
Bishop, CA 93514
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
7:00 PM
At the City Council Chambers
Located at:
City Hall
301 West Line Street
Bishop, CA 93514
These public meetings have been scheduled to give residents and local community
members a chance to review and comment on the proposed ATV Trail System. All
parties who are interested in the proposed ATV Trail System are encouraged to attend.
The City of Bishop appreciates your interest, and looks forward to your comments and


14 Responses to Meetings on Bishop ATV Trail System

  1. Trouble September 21, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    Is there a site we can look at the route being purposed?

    • Benett Kessler September 21, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

      Not that I know of. Contact the City of Bishop – 873-5863

  2. Wayne Deja September 21, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    Please let me get this straight….Someone recently told me this “trail system” is going to include town and residential streets so these ATV’ers have access to local business’…such as fast-food restaurants,convienience stores…..and,of course, taverns and bars..Will this mean vehicle traffic will have to dodge,drive around and deal with them on the streets much like cars and trucks have to do with skateboarders up in Mammoth…if this all happens ?..I’m sure the local Law Enforcement agencies are looking forward to the headaches that’s going to cause them…I know I’m sure looking forward to a bunch of rowdy,un-ruley teen-age ATV’ers flying down the streets of Lone Pine all hours of the day and night..Law Enforcement will have to hire a couple officers just to handle the calls and complaints coming from me alone.

    • Benett Kessler September 21, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

      The ATVs are limited to the streets they can drive on. Also, the Inyo Sheriff has offered his support for this program.

      • Mark September 22, 2013 at 7:10 am #

        Thumbs up to Sheriff Bill!

        I’m sure they’ll drive these streets at or below the speed limit or they will get cited.

        It won’t be as bad as Wayne thinks 😉

        • Wayne Deja September 22, 2013 at 11:05 am #

          Mark….We’ll see….if,and when,it happens..Just what Law Enforcement needs… consentrate on a bunch of ATV’ers driving too fast on city streets,checking for equipment violations,drivers licences and insurance and babysitting them rather than keeping things safe on HWY 395 making it tougher for the speeders and drug-runners…like they do up in Lee Vining and Bridgeport …But remember….You heard it here first ….”I told you so “…..We’ll see….

    • Trouble September 21, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

      Wayne- I think you are off base with a few of your statements. I don’t think you will see ATV’s parked outside the bars and I know they will all have to obey all the local driving laws. Like license and insurance, lights and speed limits. I heard they will be allowed to go mostly to gas stations and grocery stores. I do think it will attack more tourist to the Owens. I hope it does.

      • Wayne Deja September 22, 2013 at 11:50 am #

        Trouble….My statements are mostly based on what I’ve seen and witnessed…Back in the early 70’s,there used to be a little restaurant called “The Ponderosa” out on,I think it was 170th St.East and Ave.J,between Lancaster and Lake Los Angeles…a quiet little “Mom and Pop” place to eat,then go for a hike,camp out, or do some pistol and rifle shooting,safely,in the middle of nowhere (back then)….you couldn’t walk a mile without seeing at least one desert tortoise living in the wild .Then,the area turned into an ATV place….races in the desert.. loud partying,drinking at the restaurant,Law Enforcement presence because of fights….Those Desert Tortoise’s you used to see ?…..the only one’s you’d see then would be the dead ones,either run over, or with bullet-holes in their shells….Another example…..Jaw Bone Canyon….a PERFECT example of “give-em 2 miles….they take ten miles”..look at the area NOW the next time you have to go down south..and closer to home….just the other week,in the Alabama Hills…not far off the Movie Road turn-off….there is a memorial site with a cross behind a rock…don’t know if it’s an animal or human cremated remains at the site….a cross,trinkets,pennies,dimes left there…last week,went by and saw some ATV tracks OFF the designated trails and looked almost like they had a “party” right there….bottles,beer cans,trash….and the pennies,dimes,and nickels people would leave after seeing it ?….all gone… respect…..and I won’t even go too much into the story again that I had to deal with,and report,up at Virginia Lakes with the group of MX and ATV’ers drinking and riding and driving through the campgrounds and into the creek….apparently more than the one time I had to deal with them,and have to alter my camping trip to report their reckless behavior to the Mono County Sheriffs.Oh, and with your last sentence in your post…I’m sure you meant “attract”…but what is written might be more of what we might be reading about or seeing ourselves….if this trail thing ever does happen in our life-time.

        • Mr. NRA September 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm #


  3. Charles O. Jones September 22, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    Attention City of Bishop and ICSD:

    Please make this information available online so the citizens and all other stakeholders who are unable to make these meetings can review what is being proposed.

    Thank you.

    • Benett Kessler September 23, 2013 at 9:59 am #

      Charles, This is a project handled by Dick Noles and Randy Gillespie of Bishop. It is not an Inyo County Sheriff project. I’m not sure how involved the City of Bishop will be. My suggestion is to call City of Bishop, 873-5863 or Noles or Gillespie if you want something online.
      Benett Kessler

  4. Trouble September 22, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    I agree with Charles a hundred precent. I want the trail system and plan on going to one of the meetings in support. But the time has come to let the info out.

  5. Dingo September 22, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    I wish Mammoth would have something similar to this, after all we are all about recreation. Its kind of silly to have to load your motorcycle into your truck or trailer just to go a mile or two only to see Snowcreek employees driving on their quads along side the road. Why do THEY get to ride their atv’s on the road and I cannot?

  6. Bishop Native September 23, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

    Yes, Mr. Gillespie’s motorcycle shop, Mr. Nole’s restaurant, and a few other businesses will see an increase in profit but at what expense to other tourist dependent businesses as well as to our local quality of life. Do we really want Bishop to be an off road attraction for all the off roaders of Los Angeles. No, thank you.


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