The first Anacortes Open Streets event went down Sunday, September 14th. It was a beautiful sunny day to spend riding bikes on our downtown streets.
Fidalgo Trail Riders set up a portable Off-Road Skills Course to demonstrate the concept of a Bicycle Skills Park.
We had a steady stream of kids and a bunch of adults riding throughout the day. Thanks to the FTR board for all the work to build, set up, and host the course for the day!
Fidalgo Trail Riders has had a great winter. We pulled together over 40 people over the course of two trail maintenance days with the ACFL rangers. We had a huge age range with lots of kids and families. Thanks to all who came out!
As the dirt dries up and the bees come out, we’re transitioning to some social rides for the summer. We’re planning 3 rides for FTR members. Since there are already a lot of group rides available in town, these will be focused on creating a fun opportunity for families with kids 2-12 to get out and ride with other families. Of course you’re welcome to join us if you don’t have kids, just expect a family paced experience.
June 28th 3-5pm at Heart Lake Parking Lot
July 19th 3-5pm at Cranberry Lake Parking Lot
August 23rd 3-5pm at Whistle Lake Parking Lot
Bring your own water, snacks, etc.
On another note, the bicycle skills park project is still underway. The parks department is pursuing permission to use a piece of land for the project. It’s been a slow but steady conversation. Thanks for your support of this project, Fidalgo Trail Riders, and the IMBA. As the process continues, we’ll keep working to care for the wonderful trail system we’ve already got.
See you out there,
Fidalgo Trail Riders
Ranger Dave with the ACFL contacted us and asked that we spread the word that the trails are in need of help. The recent snow storm left most trails blocked by blow-down. A lot of it is branches that can be moved by hand, or cut with a handsaw. Dave has invited anyone interested to head out and clear out their favorite sections of trail. We will be doing an organized work party with Dave March 8th from 9am – 12pm. The location will be determined once we see how the cleanup is going. In the mean time, grab some friends and head out for a hike. Some of our members are planning to start clearing trails this weekend and continue each weekend until it’s all cleared. To help people figure out what’s been done, and what needs to be done, we’ll be identifying cleared trails and trees that need to be cut out by Dave on our facebook page. If you don’t have facebook, use our contact form and we’ll get it added to the list.
We had a great day with kids and parents as we hosted the first local version of the IMBA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. It was a beautiful sunny day and perfect conditions for riding in the ACFL. We had a few experienced riders as well as many kids who were experiencing trail riding for the first time. Smiles were had all around. Thanks to the FTR Board Members and volunteers who made it happen.
For more on the event check out the writeup from local clothing company Treelines Northwest on Pinkbike. http://www.pinkbike.com/u/treelinesnw/blog/IMBAs-Take-a-Kid-Mountain-Biking-Day.html
Fidalgo Trail Riders is a new, local chapter of the International Mountain Bike Association. We have the ability to tap into the resources of an international network of advocates. We have organized in order to partner with the City of Anacortes to create a Bicycle Skills Park on Fidalgo Island. Our goal is for a multi-generational park that offers progression for all levels of riders. We expect it to become a place where families ride together, riders progress, and the community gathers. At the same time, we want to work with the city and other user groups to preserve the great riding experiences we already have on Fidalgo Island.
You can join us at www.imba.com/join and select Fidalgo Trail Riders as your local chapter.