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    Trail system brings economic benefit to small town

    For any of you who are trying to convince small towns of the possible economic benefits of a nearby trail system, here is an entire website devoted to one such economic benefit. A occasional group ride along a linear trail system to a small town bar that served tacos every Thursday night has turned into a weekly summer event that can bring 1000+ bicycle riders to that town. Because the first small town has become so crowded on Thursday nights, they are now trying to extend the event to the next small town down the trail. Obviously, the event fills a strong need to both ride a bike and socialize with other bikers while putting money into a local economy. Maybe similiar events could be promoted for small towns near mountain biking trail systems. Get a local bar/restaurant to have a weekly special and then encourage mountain bikers to ride there on that night night of the week and stop in afterwards for a meal. Having a nearby small town, whose residents are often employees of the land management agency, strongly on the side of mountain bike riders might be very useful when changes, positive or negative, are proposed.

    www.tacoride.com

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    Thanx for the link to the story and the ideas.

    We do Pizza rides every month in the summertime and we used to only draw about 30 people but lately we're up to 60 people. We could use the info to make it bigger and better.
    Michael Vitti
    CLIMB President
    www.CLIMBonline.org
    www.IMBA.com
    NY State Trails Council Member

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