RF Valley Towns aim to enhance biker status

If you didn’t get to see the Aspen Times article today, check out Scott Condon’s report on efforts by Carbondale, Aspen, Basalt, and Snowmass Village to improve upon past efforts to become bicycle friendly communities!
Aspen Times Article – Bicycle Friendly Communities

Carbondale and Aspen are looking to upgrade their previous ratings as Bronze and Silver  Bicycle Friendly Communities through a program created by The League of American Bicyclists.  They are hoping to achieve Silver and Gold ratings respectively, later this year.

Basalt Town Manager Mike Scanlon is said to be pursuing a Silver status for Basalt while Snowmass Village is well positioned to apply for a high rating as well.

The article missed out on mentioning RFMBA’s involvement in the Hunter Creek – Smuggler Mountain Cooperative Plan.  You can find more information about our efforts on this and other valley wide trails efforts on our Advocacy > Planning page.

In a separate effort, RFMBA is spearheading an application for Aspen/Snowmass to become a designated IMBA Ride Center.  Evaluation will be ongoing this summer, and our hope is to create a regional Ride Center in future years to encompass the entire valley from Glenwood Springs to Aspen.

While the League of American Bicyclists’ main focus is not the quality and quantity of our valley’s singletrack opportunities, it is the main focus for RFMBA!  While we love our existing trail system, we see opportunities for improving existing trails and introducing new routes that are friendly to new riders, both for locals and for visitors arriving from lower altitudes.  Join us TODAY in our mission to create and sustain the best possible mountain bike trail system in the Roaring Fork Valley!