For those that ride in Colorado Springs, for those that might ride there some time, and even for those that care about trail changes, read on ...
I am forwarding (without permissino) an email from Jim Yount, an member of Medicine Wheel in Colorado Springs (one of the best bike clubs in the world, IMHO :-)).
Here's a link to the page where the just released plan for Gold Camp Road is
posted.* For those that haven't heard, the Forest Service plans to open Gold
Camp Road to one way (up) motor vehicle traffic (their "Alternative C").* I
haven't read the whole thing yet, but I did find it interesting that in
Chapter 2 (table on page 2-28) that there is no mention of the effect of
opening the road to all of the current users of the road (they do say
decreased off-leash pets and increase in use of trails by mountain bikes,
but they otherwise say "no effect to other existing recreation uses!")* What
are they smoking!?!* (please excuse my editorial comment!)
I highly encourage all to read this.* The upside of the favored alternative
is development of more trails in the area (always a positive for us), but
the downside is the displacement of the current users of Gold Camp Road (no
more walking with your kids & dogs on the road, no more teaching your kids
how to ride a bike on the road, etc.).* I've mixed emotions myself, but I'd
probably give up some extra trails if the other users would still be able to
use the road.* Anyway, here's the link:
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