Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Trail Wars

 Those of you who ride mountain bikes (and plenty of you who don’t) have probably caught wind of the booby traps set on a trail in the Frederick Watershed. A recent misleading "expose'" by Channel 9 has probably done the most harm in this situation.
  The booby traps that have been set are always on remote trails that are built and maintained by local users. The perpetrator feels that these specific areas should not have any human interference. This does not include the “Blue Trail” or other heavily used, mapped trail that an occasional user would encounter. I know a number of people who were planning a great day out in the woods, only to cancel the plans after hearing the news report. The Channel 9 news report cited multiple tires being slashed, and multiple victims. There has been only one victim with a total of two tires slashed.
   Terrible? Yes. A reason not to come hike or ride your mountain bike? No. The natural beauty of the Frederick Watershed is for us all, and we should not be run out of it for this perpetrators personal agenda, any more than we would deny him his use. Sometimes things like this happen, and not just here in Frederick. Any area where land use dispute exists can fall prey to this type of terrorism.
   The prime suspect here has been an outspoken critic of trails in the watershed for years now, and all encounters, and complaints made by him to the city about trails have been passed along to the proper authorities. He has been associated with a white Toyota Highlander SUV, with DC tags. Multiple sightings and encounters have been made with the driver.


Monday, March 25, 2013

Getting around town

So,I do try and get out on the road bike bike when I can. Especially now, when the trails up in the mountain are so muddy. Little is more relaxing then a tool around the countryside on a bicycle. I’m hoping this will happen more this year then ever, what with Sander having a new Gunnar sport, and the Bike Doctor planning some more scenic Sunday rides.

On the other side of downtown, off of East st at 13th, the long awaited pump track is getting to the construction phase. The cities' DPW is due to deliver the dirt in the next month or so! Many members of the Frederick cycling community have been working with FBC http://frederickbicyclecoalition.com/ to fund, plan and otherwise convince the city that this would be a good thing. Keep tuned in to the FBC website for progress updates and volunteer days. Too bad Tasty Freeze couldn't hang on any longer, although an egg roll after a ride at the track might not be so bad!

Hopefully the rest of Frederick cities’ grand shared use path plan will find funds to reach the action phase, converting a lot of old rail bed into multi use path that will connect up current sections. The envisioned plan will include finishing both ends of Carroll Creek path. The east end with a tunnel under the castle moat that is Rt 15, connecting on the other side with the current path through Waterford park that runs out along Rt 40. On the west to continue past the fairgrounds along the unused rail bed of East st (yes, by the pump track), and on toward Walkersvile. For further information, check here. http://frederickcountymd.gov/index.aspx?

Rays Womens weekend

Mid-February held the annual Women’s Weekend at Rays’ indoor mtb park, which I was fortunate to coach at. This year had the best turn out yet, with just over 200 women!

During a conversation with Ray, Florida came up again. The Santos trails area, where Ray has bought a house and done, what else, but built some awesome jumps! Small world, lucky for us who ride! Hopefully many of these areas will some day become popular enough with the general public to fund park facilities as nice as those of most softball leagues. The most envy worthy I've seen being in Park City, which have their own bathrooms and a parking lot.

Maybe, if more of us are having fun at pump tracks, on mountain bike trails, or on road rides without the fear of imminent danger, we will all be more willing and abl e to use our bike for tasks usually reserved for cars.

Palm Coast whatevering bike

This past January I was down to visit some relatives in Palm Coast Fl. I know... where is that? Thats the point, it was supposed to be nowhere. A quiet place for folks to retire.  Being that they did not attain a communist state of autonomous rule, they have not been able to keep it that way. Their place is a cyclist retirement dream!  With over 100 miles of paved multi use trail, I was able to get everywhere by bike! Safely!  Even to two really great mountain bike areas, and there is a proposal in the works for a mtb skills park. How great would it be to be able to do the same here in Frederick