Urban trails are designed to take you from point A to point B. Pikes Peak Greenway, Shooks Run, Rock Island, Sand Creek, Midland and the New Santa Fe are all urban trails. You have your favorite, but we need to know what could make your favorite better.
Is it a connectivity issue, safety concern or maintenance shortcoming? Whatever it is, we need to know. Dozens of folks are spending countless hours to make sure the next Pikes Peak Regional Non-motorized Transportation Plan "gets it right." The final plan will be finished this summer and will determine trail and sidewalk projects for the next 10 years. Fortunately, you don't have to attend all of the meetings to make your voice heard.
Go to walkbikeconnect.org between now and Jan. 6 to add your comments to the interactive map. Better yet, check the website, see what others have written and then burn off some of those holiday calories by seeing the trails for yourself. If a particular trail gap or connectivity concern is pinpointed by 100 users, you can bet it's going to get attention.
The fact is that master plans become our charted course for the future. For example, the recent purchase of the Hewlett-Packard property adjacent to Ute Valley Park might never have occurred had the project not been part of the 2000 Master Plan. This master plan process is an important first step to improving our urban trail system. Cyclists, pedestrians and equestrians all need to be heard. It's your chance to be visionary.
Trails within North Cheyenne Canon are open again. The Palmer Loop Trail, St. Mary's Falls Trail and Seven Bridges Trail outside of North Cheyenne Canon remain closed. The U.S. Forest Service will decide when these trails reopen.
And here's a holiday gift for our intrepid Manitou Incline users: the Incline is getting $350,000 from Great Outdoors Colorado to support renovation work. We're that much closer to a safer and sustainable Incline. Happy holidays!
Davies is the executive director of the Trails and Open Space Coalition. Read her columns on the fourth Thursday of each month in Out There.