Ken wrote:Seems things worthwhile are ever very easy, eh?
This language was in Cedar Rapid's application for Bicycle Friendly Community...
"Linn Area Mountain Bike Association is in the planning stages of the I-380 Free Ride Bike Park, similar to the I-5 Collonade Mountain Bike Park located under the I-5 freeway between Seattle's Eastlake and Capital Hill neighborhoods.
The 2-acre I-5 Collonade Mountain Bike Park contains over a mile of trail and has a wide range of Technical Trail Features (TTF). The park focuses on rider experience and progression of skills.
The I-380 Free Ride Bike Park in downtown Cedar Rapids will have beginner, intermediate and expert obstacles including tabletop jumps, rollers, banked turns, quarter pipes, drop-offs, and bridges. It will provide an opportunity for mountain bikers to ride in a very unique environment while at the same time, add diversity to existing types of recreational bicycle riding already found in Cedar Rapids."
AHTBM wrote:In other news, from former Bay Area resident and current fancy pants academic Dayton Crites, we get notice that he is putting his brain to use in ways other than trying to scam free drinks or act out revenge plots on his housemates;
“Now, first off Stevil – I recognize that you’re not a ‘hucker’ type. Frankly, neither am I, but I do feel like i’m flying when I get a wheel 3″ off the ground. And I love riding purpose built mountain bike trails, bike parks, pump tracks, and the like.
After riding Valmont (in boulder-where-they-take-cyclocross-seriously) bike park last summer, and seeing entire families, from 3 year olds on striders, kids on BMX flowing the jumps, dads on trail bikes grinning through the pump track, and moms leading daughters through skills loops, it struck me that nothing has the potential to expand the positive reach of off road riding and cycling in general like a well-designed mountain bike park;
So I thought I’d make my master’s thesis all about that. Hooray over-education. End result though, is teaming up with IMBA for a survey effort to understand bike park design/development & planning. If you’d like to share your thoughts and encourage your readers to share theirs, I’d be stoked to have a few more responses to add to the data pool.
When I’m done swimming in the data pool, and dry off with a trail ride or two, I’ll try to make a hip, cool infographic to share with you and your readers to share what I found. I know you like pictures too, so I attached a picture of site research (awesome) and desk work (necessary).
ps – I should probably give you the survey link & mention that it’s fun, and shouldn’t take the literate among us more than 5 minutes. We waste more time than that arguing about wheel sizes and gear ratios.
pps – They are both here or here“
I like to think that Dayton came to the right place with his inspiration, and certainly if anyone has thoughts on the matter, chime in on the comments section or get ahold of him directly.
Secondly, and most importantly… I hucked once. I think you’ve got me all wrong.
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