Louisville, KY, works toward being first urban IMBA Ride Center
IMBA Trail Solutions and KyMBA Louisville, a chapter of IMBA, are currently developing a comprehensive vision document outlining the Kentucky city's opportunity to become a model metropolitan area for human-powered sports. To do that, they want to make progressive mountain bike and natural surface trail facilities accessible to the majority of its citizens without the need for a vehicle. This process started thanks to a grant from the IMBA Trail Building Fund.
"This project will change how we look at natural surface trails and mountain biking in the urban environment and we are excited to be a partner in it," said Andy Williamson, IMBA Great Lakes Regional Director.
One of the new anchor facilities is well on its way to becoming a reality. The Parklands of Floyds Fork, a new park being developed by 21st Century Parks, Inc. in southeast Louisville, announced the final phase of park construction on July 3. This $30-million phase will provide access to more than 2,000 acres of new public parks that will include many miles of new mountain bike trails and a 120-acre bike park and skills development area. The specific contracts for the mountain bike facilities will be awarded at later date not yet announced.
"In addition to the John and Annette Schnatter Bridge, a portion of the money will go toward funding a system of trails and bike park amenities focused on progressive skill development that, under the guidance of the IMBA Trail Solutions team, is planned to be one of the top trail systems east of the Mississippi River," said Scott Martin, Parks Director.
Photo: Ellen Doolittle, Parklands of Floyds Fork