COMBA/IMBA Advocacy

Apex Park Trailhead Project 2013: Input Needed!

Come out tomorrow night for a Community Open House Event:

 Tuesday, April 2, 5:30 – 7:30 pm – Neighborhood/Public Open House, Jefferson County Open Space offices, 700 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 100, Golden, CO 80401

Wednesday, April 17 – Comments due. Submit comments either at the community/neighborhood meetings or by email at apexpark@jeffco.us

Public input does matter, and now is the time to chime in!

 

The Apex Park Trailhead Project is focused on the lower trailhead area near Heritage Square. The goals are:

  • Improve grading to manage drainage and reduce erosion.
  • Formalize the trailhead to include construction of a permanent, flush restroom to replace the existing port-a-let; provide drinking water for people and pets; establish property boundaries and sense of arrival with signage and parking organization.
  • Collaborate with City of Golden to extend the Kinney Run Trail to the new restroom.
  • Look at the project info here: http://jeffco.us/jeffco/openspace_uploads/Apex_Park_Project_Information_3_20_13.pdf
  • Provide your comments here: apexpark@jeffco.us - comments due April 17th!

In order to gauge interest in a new concept for enriching the park experience, JCOS is using this public input opportunity to ask about a possible amenity for park visitors. Please help us understand the interest and desire within our Parks system for a possible Mountain Bike Skills Trail described below.

Concept of Mountain Bike Skills Trail

Goal: Provide novice riders with a location to learn basic trail riding skills, proper riding technique, trail etiquette and stewardship.

Description: A Mountain Bike Skills Trail would consist of a natural surface trail with features built into the surface to mimic obstacles and conditions a rider would likely encounter while riding in a JCOS Park. These might include switchbacks, rock gardens, water bars, and balance logs in order to closely replicate the experience found on our trail system. In cases where the experience can’t be replicated identically, such as a narrow trail with a drop off, logs set parallel along trail tread might be placed to mimic this trail condition.

  1. Is a Mountain Bike Skills Trail amenity of interest to you?
  2. Would you like JCOS to provide such an amenity?
  3. If so, at what park or location would you like to see such a feature?

Learn more and get involved:
Join our email list: Send an email to apexpark@jeffco.us and join our contact list. You will be sent special notices and updates on the Park from the Regional Parks Supervisor, Tim Sandsmark. This is also where written comments can be submitted or through comment cards provided at the public meetings.

Apex Park On-site Events: March 20 through March 31
Ask questions of staff and volunteers stationed at Apex Park on the following dates (weather permitting). Additional dates may be scheduled. Volunteers and staff from the Lookout Mountain Nature Center will also be providing nature education information.

 

It is that time of the year again! Time to celebrate!

Save the date for the Colorado Mountain Bike Association’s annual meeting on Thursday, March 14th. Help us celebrate COMBA’s 2012 accomplishments with an evening of camaraderie, free beer, swag and a preview of the events currently planned for 2013.

You must be a COMBA/IMBA member and you can renew that night or you can renew online.

WHEN: Thursday, March 14th at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: American Mountaineering Museum, 710 10th Street, Golden, 80401
RSVP: On our Facebook Page


2013 COMBA Annual Meeting

Submit Comments for CDT, Volunteer THIS Saturday

Support Bike Access on the Continental Divide Trail
The USDA Forest Service is taking comments through December 17, 2012, on a plan to relocate approximately 32 miles of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST) by moving the route from Forest Service roads onto newly built singletrack. This presents an incredible opportunity to enhance one of Colorado’s treasured backcountry experiences.

Unfortunately, the current “preferred alternative” plan would not allow bicycles on the new singletrack. Instead, mountain bikers would be routed onto the existing roads.

Please join COMBA and IMBA in recommending a more bike-friendly solution. We are gathering comments in support of “Alternative 3″ an option that the Forest Service is considering and which would allow bicycles on the new singletrack.

Take Action! Submit your comments by December 17th here: http://www.imba.com/form/submit-your-cdt-comments

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Volunteer THIS Saturday for Project ReCycle
PROJECT RE-CYCLE collects used bikes, fixes them up and provide them to those in need. You can make a difference! Volunteer this Saturday, December 8th, from 9 am until 1 pm to help get donated new and used bikes and new helmets ready for kids who need them. The bikes will be distributed the following Saturday, so this will be the last push! If you have a few hours, it would be greatly appreciated.

More information is on their website: http://3tministry.org/index.php/project-recycle/

“We need volunteers! Lots of them. No experience necessary. It is very rewarding as we enter the holiday season and give back to the community!”

When: Saturday, December 8th, 9-1 pm
Where: 13796 Compark Blvd, Englewood CO 80112

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Vehicle Break-ins at Jeffco Trailheads – Protect Your Items
The holidays sometime frazzle us, and when leaving valuable items in your vehicle while riding, take an extra minute to hide these items (or leave them at home). Thieves love to see valuables on the dash, smash a window, and take your stuff. We don’t like that or hearing about break-ins at our trailheads.

Lower North Fork Fires

March 30, 2012.   COMBA offers its sincerest condolences to the families impacted by the Lower North Fork Fire. Burning between Waterton Canyon and Buffalo Creek, the affected area is near to our heart and home to some of our volunteers.

Fortunately the town of Buffalo Creek, the Buffalo Creek Recreation Area and the Colorado Trail are outside of the burn and evacutaion area. Contrary to some rumors, Forest Road 550 remains open, as do all the trails in Buffalo Creek. The smoke is currently blowing east and the recreation area is relatively clear.

Please do travel safetly and respectfully in the area. Expect high amounts of traffic on 126. Parking and riding from the Miller Gulch trailhead south of Bailey would avoid the emergency traffic on the east side of the Buffalo Creek Recreation Area.

Colorado State Representative Cheri Gerou sent out the following message earlier today. If you would like to help the affected families, please read on…

As of 9:30AM March 30th, 2012, the fire has been contained 45%.  A little over 4100 acres has been burned, and there are still 2 deceased and one missing person.

I have been asked by many of you what you can do to help in this situation.  The Elk Creek Fire Protection District, along with the Mountain Resource Center, is accepting cash donations to help the victims of this fire.  You can donate online at www.mrcco.org or by check.  Please send checks to:

    Mountain Resource Center
    Conifer, CO 80433

Write “Lower North Fork Fire Fund” on the memo line.  For any questions regarding this, please contact chaplain Beth Graham from the Elk Creek Fire Protection District 303-816-9385 ext. 15, or the Mountain Resource Center at 303-838-7552.

In addition, The Early Group/Coldwell Banker is collecting hygiene items, clothing, and shoes for the people affected.  Please drop off your items at the Mountain Resource Center at 11030 Kitty Drive in Conifer.  For more information about this, please call Stephanie Foster at 303-816-7562.

Update regarding the Recreational Trails Program

February 28, 2012.  The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is the ONLY federal funding source for multi-use singletrack trails, but in the U.S Senate’s transportation bill, RTP is eliminated.

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is offering an amendment to restore dedicated funding.

Take Action!

Call your U.S. Senator today at 202-224-3121 and ask them to “VOTE YES on the Klobuchar amendment to MAP-21,” or use this easy e-mail form from the American Motorcyclists Association.

See below for a sample script for your calls and emails. Find yourSenator.

RTP funding provides $85 million annually for trail construction and maintenance. Since 1993, RTP has funded more than 15,000 projects nationwide and leverages local and state funding. Only a small portion of federal funds collected are returned to the program for motorized and non-motorized trail projects.

Read more here.

Additionally, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) are offering a floor amendment to restore funding for Transportation Enhancements and Safe Routes to School programs. The League of American Bicyclists has provided a simple way to register your support for these programs.

Here is a quick script:

“Hi, I am calling to ask (your Senator’s name) to VOTE YES on the Klobuchar amendment to MAP-21 that will restore dedicated funding to the Recreational Trails Program.”

Additional script:

Eliminating dedicated funding for the RTP violates the “user-pay and user-benefit” philosophy undergirding the nation’s surface transportation program. Eliminating funding converts a legitimate user fee into an unfair tax.

Organized trail planning and development will simply vanish in many areas of the country. The elimination of the RTP represents a substantial new tax on motorized recreation enthusiasts. Ending dedicated funding for RTP takes these gas taxes away from the people who pay them.

In from IMBA — The Recreational Trails Program in danger

February 14, 2012.  The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is the ONLY federal funding source for multi-use singletrack trails.

RTP is in grave danger in both chambers of the U.S. Congress. This week, both the House and Senate are expected to vote on their respective transportation bills.

In the Senate, RTP is eliminated, but U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is offering an amendment to restore dedicated funding.

In the House, RTP was included in legislation forwarded by the committee, but Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has an amendment to eliminate the program. The entire House of Representatives hears the bill later this week.

Take Action in the Senate!

Call your U.S. Senator today at 202-224-3121 and ask them to “VOTE YES on the Klobuchar amendment to MAP-21,” or use this easy e-mail form from the American Motorcyclists Association.

Take Action in the House!

Call your U.S. Representative at 202-225-3121 and ask them to “VOTE NO on amendment #230 by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) that will eliminate the Recreational Trails Program.”

Find your Senator or Representative.

RTP funding provides $85 million annually for trail construction and maintenance. Since 1993, RTP has funded more than 15,000 projects nationwide and leverages local and state funding. Only a small portion of federal funds collected are returned to the program for motorized and non-motorized trail projects.

Read more here.