Last word is all yours...
Bike trails in Issaquah: MONDAY 1/28/13 !
This is super late notice, but... Issaquah Parks Board is holding the usual monthly meeting tomorrow (Monday!) evening at 7pm at the Issaquah Trails Center House, and they're talking about new bike trails in Issaquah. Specifically, they're looking over a report on a proposed trail plan for Park Pointe, which includes some new mountain bike trails. It could be a really rad opportunity (think Duthie-lite? Tokul East without fee?) - or it could be a snoozefest - depending on whether they know what the community wants, or just go with what the Issaquah Alps Trails Club is going to propose they build for us (yes, that's who's currently driving a lot of the plan)
If anybody is down to stop by for 10 minutes (or as long as you like) and either say "more bike trails please, and thank you council!" or even just sign in with a public comment of support for more trails, it would help the cause.
Here is the location/time:
Let me know if you can wave the flag for us!
Thanks r1de, and yes please... if anyone can make it to this meeting tonight, please stop by. Even if it's only for a few minutes, or to simply sign the register in support of mt bike trails at Park Pointe.
Park Pointe is a great opportunity for bike-friendly trails that will attract kids and families from the local community to get outside and enjoy a healthy activity together. Being right next door to the high school, what an awesome opportunity to engage kids in the outdoors! It's the opportunity to finally have mt bike riding minutes from downtown Issaquah... an opportunity to leave the car at home and ride right to the trails.
The opposing plan is for more of the same hiker-only trails that will not draw kids and families off the couch, but primarily cater to the same users who already have dozens of miles of hiker-only trails in the Tiger Mt NRCA accessible right from downtown Issaquah.
This may be our only opportunity for trails designed and built by bikers on City of Issaquah land. With such a huge mt biking population in Issaquah, it's about time.
Please copy and paste this message and send it to every local mt biker you know. Come to the the Issaquah Trails Center House, 110 Bush St, Issaquah, WA 98027 at 7pm tonight and voice your support.
Last edited by mwestra2; 01-28-2013 at 10:43 AM.
it's is a very big deal. come tell the city you want a place to ride your bike from your house to get a quick morning or after work ride in if you live in Issaquah. also tell them you want to have a place for you kids to ride mtb's in town. plus more trails for the high school mtb and cross country team.
Or just a good singletrack ending to your bigger GR/ Duthie ride!!!
Epic trails get built in the Northwest by epic people!
Sustainable quality trails please.
Can't attend the meeting ... is there any way to make a public comment if you can't be there in person? Would like to put my 2 cents worth in, especially for trails of the old fashioned cross-country type.
WTA may be working there in a month or so.
There's a big difference between ripping and skidding. Those who skid don't know how to ride.
Which reminds me, to not hijack the thread but a vaguely related topic for us East-side folks. Stolen shamelessly from those other guys:
With an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan underway, the future is up to you. You and your neighbors get to decide if and how Bellevue will transform into a people-oriented destination with vibrant, connected neighborhoods, and safe places for people of all ages and abilities to walk and bike to where they want to go.
This coming Tuesday, the City will host a Comprehensive Plan visioning meeting, where you will have the opportunity to help define the future of Bellevue and how the City plans for people on bikes. Now is your opportunity to ensure the plan embraces the community’s vision—your vision—for what a livable, bikeable Bellevue could be, and what steps are needed to get there.
RSVP now for Bellevue’s Comprehensive Plan visioning meeting and make your voice heard >>
What: Forming Our Future, a meeting about Bellevue’s Comprehensive Plan Update
When: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Crossroads Community Center (16000 NE 10th St)
As a major urban growth center with future access to light rail and a growing regional trail network, the City of Bellevue is strategically positioned to be a leader in creating a strong transportation network – one where people of all ages and abilities can safely and conveniently travel by bike or foot, making seamless connections between transit stations, schools, parks, trails, business districts and neighborhood centers.
In order to realize this vision, the City needs to hear from you. RSVP today >>
If you are unable to attend the meeting on Tuesday, please email your comments to Paul Inghram and stay tuned for updates on future meetings!
Last word is all yours...
If you can not attend in person
Hey, thanks for the interest. There is definitely a way to provide public input outside of physical presence at the meeting. You can call or email Sharon Rosenlund, as well as email Matt Mechler, Anne McGill, and Margaret Macleod. Here are the email addresses:
Originally Posted by JRA
Sharon Rosenlund: email@example.com
Matt Mechler firstname.lastname@example.org
Anne McGill email@example.com
Margaret Macleod MargM@ci.issaquah.wa.us
Some advice on how you can make your thoughts known:
- Be courteous and respectful; these people are just folks like everybody else, trying to earn a living and hopefully do some good in the process. They're generally willing to Do The Right Thing for mountain bike recreation, but they need to know from mountain bikers what that right thing is - not just from the anti-MTB contingent.
- If you live in Issaquah, include that information (maybe an address). Otherwise, if you recreate, work, or shop there, list that too.
- If you are a minor or have children who mountain bike, let them know that.
- Stress the importance of more mountain biking opportunities to you.
- Let them know that any plan for mountain bikers should be designed with input from mountain bikers!
Thanks again to the people who show. It's a small venue, so if you DO plan to attend in person, please help us get a sense of the attendance numbers: email Mike (you can Cc: me) and let us know if you plan to be there in person.
Yes, please email the contacts above. Here are the key bullets:
Park Pointe is the one mtb trail opportunity where Issaquah riders will be able to leave the car at home and ride right to the trail.
It’s close enough to attract kids and families to get outdoors and ride together.
It’s right next to the High School so provides a place for students and teams to exercise and practice.
It may be the only opportunity to have trails designed and built by bikers for bikers on Issaquah Parks land.
*However* the current plan on the table driven by anti-mountain bikers means none of that will happen. It includes only a single short segment of multi-use trail. No loop option. Nothing to draw kids and families. Instead that plan provides more hiker-only trails to connect to the already existing miles and miles of hiker only trails in the tiger Mt NRCA.
My Mom is on the Issy City Council, I'll put in a good word to get this built! there is plenty of space behind the high school.
Email sent and BCC to Mike.
Thanks torchbearers and other supporters its a heavy ring to carry living in issaquah and such a distraction...
Huge thanks to everybody who showed up last night. Wow! Awesome testimony from a dozen riders, parents, kids, teachers, business owners, you name it. From what I've heard, its been ~7 months of compelling testimony from the mtb community hitting all the elements of the Issaquah Parks and Recs’ mission statement over and over again. But it was all ignored again and the Park Board approved the plan from the same shrinking/aging “hiker-only keep mountain bikers out at all cost” user group.
So the plan has ~1.5 miles of total new trail for hikers and a third of that will be multi-use. There is also some language in there about working with the mt bike community on that 1/2 mile. It’s not the kid & family friendly destination ride we hoped for and it won’t engage the growing part of the Issaquah community that has been ignored for so long, but it is a foot in the door for mt bikers at Park Pointe and we’ve got to stay on it. No effort has been wasted and we need to keep working to get the Park Board, Park Staff and the City Council to understand the long-term benefit of mt biking trails for Issaquah.
How? Keep volunteering. Keep showing up and keep contacting the park board, park staff, city council and the mayor. And we’ve got to step it up. If we really want to make a difference, we need to get on the park board… we need mountain bikers and parents who see the benefit of drawing kids to the outdoors voting in those meetings. Otherwise every green space that is left will be locked down for a privileged few or fully developed.
And huge thanks to everybody who sent emails and letters of support. Another to add in the future is the mayor, Ava Frisinger, AvaF@ci.issaquah.wa.us
"From what I've heard, its been ~7 months of compelling testimony from the mtb community hitting all the elements of the Issaquah Parks and Recs’ mission statement over and over again. But it was all ignored again and the Park Board approved the plan from the same shrinking/aging “hiker-only keep mountain bikers out at all cost” user group."
It's another huge missed opportunity for "Trailhead City" to live up to its moniker for more than just the dwindling group of stodgy, exceptionally selfish, pedestrian trail users. The MTB community was in this from the start and got virtually nothing. Let's call it what it is: typical myopia from city leadership whose understanding of their community needs is stuck in the 1970s.
Issaquah has the unique terrain and surrounding demographics to be a cycling Mecca with all potential riding trails funneling deep into the heart of the business district. For now, it remains a "pass-through" for a massive stream of vehicles loaded with bikes every weekend morning and evening.
Change will happen one day, but it will require, very frankly, more of the boomer generation "dying off" and control passed on to fresh blood. You can't teach these old dogs new tricks.
There's another way. Vote in politicians that actually represent their citizens.
Originally Posted by DopeSlap
Agreed. Also, the current politicians/ city council members of Issaquah needs to hear from the voters now and their current decisions will reflect how you will vote in the future.
Originally Posted by juice
All new bike trails are good things.