People love riding their bikes on Apex and North Table Mountain, but these trails are meant for experienced mountain bikers. They are much too dangerous for children or beginner riders, said Golden …
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People love riding their bikes on Apex and North Table Mountain, but these trails are meant for experienced mountain bikers.
They are much too dangerous for children or beginner riders, said Golden resident Al Head, one of the founders of the Golden Giddyup Trail Team.
Talk of singletrack sidewalks have been included in conversations in the Golden community for years, Head said. However, building one in the Kinney Run corridor was just not the right fit.
At the beginning of January this year, the Golden Giddyup Trail Team withdrew its proposal for the Kinney Run Singletrack Sidewalk pilot project.
Instead, the group is now focusing on moving forward with a new concept — a natural surface trail that runs across the School of Mines Survey Field.
“It's equally beneficial to the community in many ways,” Head said. “It has the potential to appeal to a broader portion of the community.”
The big picture for the concept is connectivity, he said.
“To have a dirt trail connecting the neighborhoods to Shelton Elementary School would be a great resource for the community,” Head said.
A singletrack sidewalk is a natural surface trail built next to, or in close proximity of, an existing paved multiuse trail or bike path. This new concept would not be a singletrack sidewalk in the traditional sense because it does not run alongside an existing path. It will be a standalone, beginner/progressive trail for skill development, Head said.
This new concept is in early stages, Head said. There are more conversations to take place, as well as going through all the proper channels once a formal proposal is submitted, he said.
However, he added that stakeholders — Mines, the city and Jeffco Open Space, among others — have so far “been responsive and cooperative” to the idea presented in the initial conversations.
In January 2018, the Golden Giddyup Trail Team submitted its formal proposal to the city for a singletrack sidewalk pilot project to be located in south Golden, stretching from Apex Park to Sixth Avenue. It would have consisted of six segments that varied in length, but totaled a little less than one mile, constructed alongside the existing multiuse trail on city property.
While there was a lot of support for the pilot project, there was equal opposition.
A neighborhood group called Friends of Kinney Run formed “to ensure that the precious Kinney Run open space and natural area was preserved from additional, unnecessary and duplicate trails,” said Ann Norton who is involved with the group.
“As many of us are avid mountain bikers and users of the outdoors, this was about preserving an important Golden resource,” she said. “There is already a paved, multiuse trail that was created specifically to channel and focus human activity in a narrow area so as to minimize human impact and damage to this important resource.”
She pointed out that the area is home to a variety of native vegetation and wildlife, as well as being a recognized eBird hotspot, meaning it is a location that bird watchers have noted as an ideal place to make bird observations.
Head hopes to have more information on moving forward with the Mines Survey Field natural surface trail sometime within this year, he said.
“The community wants beginning-level and progressive trails for mountain bikers,” Head said. “This is an excellent opportunity to build a recreational amenity for the community that is needed.”
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