The Athens Bicycle Club is excited to announce the Baileys Mountain Bike Trail Project is part of IMBA’s Dig In Fundraising Campaign. We are seeking your support but first we want to give an update of the project that will bring 90+ miles of new mountain bike trails to SE Ohio.
Much ground has been covered since last spring. Progress has been fast thanks to a dedicated and growing group of volunteers along with our regional and national partners understanding that we have a strong project that provides many opportunities for our region. Establishing a new recreation area, creating a new sustainable economy, building a landmark that will encourage more community pride, providing a better quality of life and tackling health issues that plague our region just by building a wealth and caliber of trails that will be hard to match on any other parcel in a multi-state region.
Thanks to many local partners (and you!) the Athens Bicycle Club hit the $40,000 goal to fund the master plan for the trail system. Designed by Applied Trails Research the master plan is in the final stages of being completed and the drafts and revisions have only made the document a stronger blueprint for the project.
While the master plan document was in development additional tasks went into motion. In Spring 2017 the Athens Bicycle Club was able to rally 625 hours of volunteer help over 10 days to walk and GPS the trail corridor for phase 1 and 2 of the project. Now, roughly 36 miles of GPS routes exist on the property and will be the first wave of trails to be built.
Wayne National Forest started the environmental analysis of the property in late Spring. Thanks to a partnership between Wayne National Forest and Ohio University a group of six graduate students were summer interns inventorying the wealth of the forest from a biological, botanical and cultural standpoint. They made a some great discoveries but overall nothing that would impede the development of this land for the proposed use.
This week the Wayne National Forest plans to sign the decision memo approving the Balieys project. With the decision memo the construction of trails can start as soon as funding is found.
Today we are writing to you to ask for your support for another point in the process. Because of the strong partnerships invested in this project the International Mountain Bike Association deemed the Baileys Mountain Bike Trail Project to be worthy of it’s Dig In Campaign. We are looking to raise funds through IMBA to produce detailed trail construction documents for the phase 1 and 2 of the trail system, 35+ miles of purpose built trail.
As we approach the end of 2017 we encourage you to donate to this arm of the project via the Dig In Campaign. Our goal of $12,000 will cover the cost of documents to provide necessary detail of the project when goes out to bid to trails builders. Thank you for your past and future support, we look forward to seeing you on the trails in the Baileys!
On a final note, Gear Junkie has an article on the IMBA Dig In Campaign that specifically mentions the Baileys Tract Project:
“Perhaps the most ambitious endeavor is the proposed 92-mile Bailey[s] Mountain Bike Trail System near Athens, Ohio.”