Fellow CROCT board member Marty Larson and I are co-leading weekly youth mountain biking group rides all summer, a partnership with Northfield Public Schools Community Services. It’s turning out to be a big hit, as you can see from these photos. And we’re pleased that over half of the kids thus far are girls.
It’s a big advantage to have a mountain bike trail (CROCT’s Sechler Park trail in Northfield) that young kids can ride their bikes to on their own or with their parents. Sechler Park is connected to a paved bike/walking trail adjacent to downtown Northfield that goes under Highway 3 and over the Cannon River. It also parallels the Mill Towns Trail between Northfield and Dundas.
And this is turning out to be good PR for CROCT. Building and maintaining mtb trails that serve ourselves and other adults is good. But going out of our way to get youth involved is better. Kids help spread the word, they get their parents involved, and we’re thinking it will help with our fundraising and getting local sponsorships.