Support Bike Access in Rocky Mountain National Park
In September of 2012, IMBA asked you to support the addition of mountain bike use to a 2-mile section of the East Shore Trail on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Now you have the opportunity to show your support for bike access in an iconic location by attending a meeting and/or submitting comments in favor.
The National Park Service (NPS) is now moving through the approval process, and has published a "Draft Environmental Assessment" for public comment.
Alternative B in the draft proposes minor improvements to the trail and would allow bicycle use. Alternative B will do needed maintenance to the existing trail, including re-routes to avoid wildlife habitat. It is the only plan that does this maintenance. Current impacts to the trail are unsustainable and disrupt critical habitat. IMBA supports Alternative B and encourages you to lend your voice in support.
Park staff will hold two public meetings to present the project and answer questions: Feb. 11 in Grand Lake, CO, and Feb. 24. in Boulder, CO.
Take action! Your comments regarding the draft assessment must be submitted to the NPS by March 3.
(Photo is from Rocky Mountain National Park, near Chasm Lake, by Leslie Kehmeier)
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