Grand County trails plan heads to implementation phase
Mountain Biking With Keith
Grand Mountain Bike Alliance (GMBA) is holding its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Headwaters Trails Alliance office in Fraser. This will be a meeting where we will begin to lay out our plans and direction for next year.
The past several years our goal has been to keep the Master Trail Plan (the final plan to be created by HTA) and marketing efforts moving forward. This was high priority due to the importance of mountain biking and trails to the community, not only as recreation value but as a key economic component of our outdoor recreation market.
This phase of our goals and objectives is coming to an end allowing us to refocus on what is important to the mountain bike community. Headwaters Trails Alliance should have the Master Trails Plan finalized soon. The Winter Park-Fraser Chamber of Commerce is doing a great job in marketing Mountain Bike Capital USA. The question is, what are the priorities of the next set of goals and objectives?
One of the obvious goals will be making sure that the implementation of the Master Trails Plan happens. Having a plan does little good if action is not taken. This is not without a huge effort. HTA will be tasked with moving forward with the Master Trails Plan. User groups such as GMBA will need to assist to make this happen. This is in part due to the lack of sustainable funding for HTA.
The Alliance is on a shoestring budget and investing in HTA would go a long way in helping improve our outdoor recreation economy and experience. I would argue that trails, which provide for a vast majority of our outdoor recreation, are our greatest asset in the area of economic development. As such, our community needs to invest in those trails and experience to help keep our economy strong. Without trails and outdoor recreation, then what do we have?
There are some other ideas for goals and objectives. One common request is for group rides on a regular basis. There are a few going on but those are often hard to find or limited in participation. Having a standing date and time for rides would be a great place to start to allow riders an opportunity to participate in a group ride experience. Another idea is to have a standing date and time to do trail maintenance. That would give a large base of users the opportunity to work on trails when their schedule and time allows.
The big question remaining is what do you consider important to your experience? The underlying question is how can you help facilitate making those ideas reality. Not everything needs to be shoveling and trail work. Fundraising, computer data, marketing, organizational skills are all things that make the ideas become real.
Beavers Sports Shop next the Best Western Hotel does a group ride Friday at 6 p.m. This ride is for the intermediate and above rider. We will explore the local trail system as a group. For more info call the shop at 726-5988.
Looking for more information or want to get involved as a mountain biker. Like Grand Mountain Bike Alliance (GMBA) on Facebook. GMBA is your local mountain bike group. Check out Mountainbikecapitalusa.com. Great site by the Winter Park Chamber!
Keith Sanders is the President of the Grand Mountain Bike Alliance, 3x US National Mountain Bike Champion and owner of Beavers Sports Shop. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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