Commercial Bike Park Wrong for Rural Community

Letter to the Editor

By Jeff Stephens of Bonner County

Despite massive opposition, Bonner County has approved a conditional use permit to build a 170-acre commercial downhill mountain bike park in the middle of rural residential areas on E. Dufort Road in Sagle. If Panhandle Bike Ranch gets its way, we will have:

  • Over 1000 visitors per week on a 10 mph dirt road from E. Dufort and S. Sagle Roads, then through Five Lake Estates (a residential neighborhood).
  • Shuttle trucks taking bikers to the top of the mountain all day long.
  • A helicopter landing pad at the top of the mountain.
  • Overnight camping sites.
  • Large weekend festivals and events of over 2000 people.

Do you want this in your neighborhood? Because make no mistake – we either stop this now or it may be in your neighborhood next.

How Can You Help?

  • IMPORTANT! Help keep Sagle rural by attending the public hearing on June 24, 2024, 1:00 p.m. at the Bonner County Fairgrounds.
  • Submit an online public comment to Bonner County by June 17, 2024 (bonnercountyid/FileCUP0002-24). See link on our website.
  • Submit your opposition letter by June 17, 2024 (Bonner County Planning, 1500 Hwy 2, Suite 208, Sandpoint, ID 83864, or email to
  • Donate to our legal fund via GiveSendGo or GoFundMe (see website) or personal check to: Stop The Sagle Bike Park, PO Box 1078, Sagle, ID 83860.

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