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I'm a Cannon River Offroad Cycling and Trails (#CROCT) board member, as is @martini_ss. On August 26, we signed contract (MOU) with the City of Northfield, Minnesota for our MTB trail in Sechler Park. It took a while but the right amount of persistence and civility paid off in the end. Props to City Engineer Dave Bennett, Streets & Parks Manager Jasper J Kruggel, the Northfield Parks & Rec Advisory Board (PRAB), and the Northfield City Council for their unanimous support. And a tip of the helmet to @man.drews at @imba_midwest @imba_us for his behind-the-scenes consulting.
I occasionally put on my mountain bike advocacy hat (helmet?) and in the past few of weeks I’ve had it on quite a bit in my role as a board member of my local IMBA chapter, Cannon River Offroad Cycling & Trails (CROCT). One issue I’ve worked on has been addressing the concerns of some citizens who’ve had some objections about our mountain bike trail-building activities in Rice County’s Caron Park.
While we are reaching out to these citizens to meet face-to-face, I’ve used our CROCT blog to address the main issues and invite further comments and discussion from anyone who might be interested. The idea is not so much to communicate to our CROCT members about the issue but rather:
- to give elected/appointed officials and staff something they can see/read so that they can better understand what’s been done
- to provide a link to a blog post that those officials can send to others who contact them with concerns
- to help defuse the issue for some of the opponents who may feel that at least they’ve been listened to, even if we don’t agree with them.
See my post: Impact of CROCT’s mountain bike trails in Caron Park
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