From the Telluride Daily Planet: RTA Cycles Through a Hefty To-do List
Here’s a great article from Telluride’s Daily Planet about RTA accomplishments & plans:
Trail improvements, bike repair station, pump track are top projects for 2019
Since its establishment less than two years ago, Rico Trails Alliance (RTA) has accomplished a lot. Founded to promote local and regional non-motorized trails systems in and around Rico, RTA has held a number of events, including group rides and fundraisers; entered into volunteer trail work agreements with the U.S. Forest Service and conducted trail work days; purchased a new snowmobile and a groomer for grooming snow/fat bike trails; put up trail signs; completed its website, including a user-friendly trail map; liaised with a range of entities like the Telluride Mountain Club, the Forest Service, the Telluride Foundation, the Town of Mountain Village and others; surveyed local trail users; gotten involved with a Forest Service travel management plan; and secured financial support through grants and donations, as well as from a variety of local and regional businesses.
“I have never seen anything take traction like this before – ever – in Rico, and I’ve lived here since ’97. It’s exciting,” RTA Board Facilitator Nicole Pieterse.
Added local trail user and RTA member John Scarborough, “I’m thoroughly impressed by the progress and goals that RTA has accomplished in such a short period of time. As an avid mountain biker and 15-year Rico resident, I’m stoked that advocates of hiking and biking are joining together with the USFS to create and maintain local trails.”
Read more here.