The Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition (VVCC), an IMBA affiliate in Sedona, Ariz., has received a $5,000 grant from PeopleForBikes (PFB) in partnership with IMBA and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). The grant will go to improve trails in the Broken Arrow/Mystic area of the Red Rock Ranger District. In addition to the PFB grant, IMBA has pledged $2,500 from the IMBA Trail Building Fund.
Local support was a key factor in securing the grant. Sedona bike shop Over the Edge Sports pledged volunteer trail work and new trail signage for the project area as well as Absolute Bikes. Bike and Bean will support work days with volunteers and libations. The Sedona Real Inn is assisting with free lodging for an IMBA trail expert.
The local USFS district recently authorized the addition of 4.7 miles of trail in the Battlement Mesa area, including the user-created routes known as High on the Hog and Hog Heaven. Federal budget cuts have challenged the district's ability to maintain trails and signage. The grant partnership, along with neighborhood support, made the difference in the district’s decision to add these trails to the official USFS trail system.
An important focus of the project is to install trail signs that encourage bikers and hikers to observe "share the trail" etiquette in this popular area. Work will take place during the winter and spring of 2014.
"This grant helps the community add a beautiful area to our much-loved trail system," said VVCC President Lars Romig.
PeopleForBikes is a national non-profit organization dedicated to making bicycling safer and more accessible for everyone. Several programs, including community grant making, work to improve the environment for bicycling and unite a powerful voice to let policy makers, the media, and the public know that bicycling is important and should be promoted.
For more information contact Lars Romig, VVCC President: president [at] vvcc [dot] us