The reduced numbers of riding trails for bikers in Coconino National Forest may have something to do with the increased number of Flagstaff motorcycle accidents, and according to Tri Valley Central, complaints from riders are making the U.S. Forest Service take notice. According to reports, the U.S. Forest Service closed nearly all of the 1.8 million acres of Coconino National Forest to off-roaders in May 2012, leaving less than 20 miles of trail made specifically for motorcycles and ATV riders. Now, an additional 78 miles of trail is being considered, which would provide outback riders more safety on the curvy roads in the pristine forest between I-17 and Lake Mary Road. Reports indicate that a final decision on the new trails will not be made until winter, which means that bikers should continue to take extra precaution on the winding roads that go through the Coconino National Forest.
How to Avoid a Flagstaff Motorcycle Collision in Coconino National Forest
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) reports that just shy of 1,800 traffic accidents occur in Flagstaff each year, and there is no shortage of Flagstaff motorcycle collisions in that figure. Around 3,000 motorcycle crashes are reported each year statewide and these collisions result in the deaths of more than 130 individuals on bikes.