Why doesn't the St Louis metro have more trails?
Posted 02 January 2019 - 07:01 AM
That said, does anybody else think the general area is underserved with trail mileage? Northwest Arkansas and Indiana have definitely proved that, if you build, they will come. Terrain wise, they don't have anything we don't, and southern Missouri and Illinois could definitely benefit from the increased traffic and revenue, especially since biking is a growing sport and there's a ready made market of almost 3 million people. The Mark Twain and Shawnee seem ripe to be laid lousy with trails, just seems a shame to let the other guy get it.
Posted 02 January 2019 - 09:11 AM
Simply put: we dont have a large corporate entity pouring tax write-off money into our trail networks. The Walton Foundation spent almost 20 Million dollars in the past 10 years out there hiring professional trail building companies to build dedicated MTB directional trails. Likely around 7-mil in the past 3 years alone. They are lucky/fortunate to have the heir of Wal-Mart be an avid cyclist and interested in contributing back to the local cycling community. And it's paying off heavily for cyclists and the surrounding areas of bentonville.
Also, there seems to be adversity to building progressive style MTB specific trails in STL, be it on our end, or the property owners end, (different every time someone tells the story), there arent any trails in the area that draw people in, and make us a destination for cycling.
However, with some dedicated MTB trails, and some actual progressive trail, we could easily become a stop along the way for many to get to the mecca in NWA.
Posted 02 January 2019 - 11:53 AM
Whoever is saying GORC is opposed to progressive or flow trail could not be further off base. We simply do not have folks as interested in that type of trail or even know how to construct AND SUSTAIN this type of trail who are willing to take the reigns and see it through.
If you want this type of trail we will be glad to put anybody who wants to take charge of this type of trail construction in touch with our POCs at our land management agencies, so you can sell YOUR plan to them. Most of us will even come out and help build it, but as stated earlier we are maxed out with our own projects for years to come.
This is a volunteer organization. If you want something new please step up and make it a reality. That was how this organization was started 20 years ago. Trust me we are not anti anything when it comes to mountain bikes, save for riding in conditions that cause damage to the trails.
Happy New Year.
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