Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on October 4th, 2010 at 11:23 am
After expressing their disappointment with last week's decision by City Commissioner Nick Fish to not grant any new or improved singletrack trail access for bikes in Forest Park, the Northwest Trail Alliance has announced a "Share The Park" ride.
The event will be held on Saturday, October 16th. According to the NWTA, it will be a rally and a group ride in Forest Park (on roads where riding is allowed of course) that is intended as a "peaceful action".
From the event announcement:
"We would like to show our resolve to make Forest Park a place where cyclists don't feel excluded, but instead are treated at par with hikers, runners, nature watchers, and dog walkers. --- We ride. We care. We share."
Last Thursday, Commissioner Fish and Parks Director Zari Santner unveiled a list of "actions" on biking in Forest Park that included new studies and some possible improvements to fire access lanes to make them more interesting to ride on. Fish and Santner wrote that, "Forest Park is not ready to support increased access at this time" but promised to file new trail permits after wildlife and user studies are completed. The announcement came as a blow to many in the community who had hoped Fish would make good on an earlier promise to improve bike trail access in the 5,000 acre urban park.
Here are the event details:
"Share The Park" Rally & Group Ride in Forest Park
Sat., 10/16 from 9:00am - 11:00am
Meet at the Thurman Gate