While bikes are allowed on Fort Bragg roads, they are off limits on Fort Bragg ranges.
Bikers who trespass on the ranges pose a hazard, not only to themselves, but to Soldiers as well, said William Edwards, installation range office, Directorate of Plans, Training and Mobilization and Security.
There are about 83 live fire ranges on Fort Bragg, and another 100 training areas and none are available for any kind of bike riding, he said.
“You just don’t know what’s going on in those training areas,” said Edwards. “Some are used for artillery training and for maneuvers. Some contain unexplained ordnance.”
The consequences of trespassing on ranges or in training areas could be deadly. In 2009, a man who was salvaging scrap metal on post was killed when a round exploded.
No trespassing signs notify persons to stay out of restricted areas.
Fort Bragg uses range inspectors to patrol those areas, but inspectors do not have the authority to approach or detain trespassers, Edwards said. Their only recourse is to notify the military police.
But, Fort Bragg officials have taken note of signs that areas are being violated, particularly by motorized bike riders. Those signs include worn trails, ramps and disturbed dirt.
“It’s hard to get a mountain bike to spin curves or kick up dirt,” said Edwards.
Disturbing restricted areas interferes with units being able to complete their training.
“Any time you come out and hinder training, you also hinder the Soldier in their preparation for going to war, and you hinder what they do,” Edwards said.
Often, units that get into offensive and defensive positions put up razor wire or concertina (type of barbed) wire, which could inflict serious cuts on a person. Edwards encourages bikers to use the All American Trail (except during hunting season) and Smith Lake instead.
“It’s not that we don’t want them to enjoy their bikes, it’s just that we want them to be careful about where they enjoy their bikes,” Edwards said.