Earlier this week, on a day threatening rain, a Denver police cruiser with its lights flashing drove slowly down Peoria Street in Montbello escorting a line of nearly 30 people walking single file. “I hope it rains today just for you all to see what we live with,” Pam Jiner said to the group as she looked at the gray sky. “You go to work, it’s sunny. You come home, it’s a blizzard.” Jiner, an organizer for GirlTrek, a national nonprofit focused on improving the health of African-American women and girls by creating walkable communities, led the group of residents and city and state employees on a “walking audit” of the area’s sidewalks. A few carried notebooks or cameras, but most shoved their hands in their coat pockets for warmth as they walked on the crumbling asphalt or dirt paths. “Montbello turns 52 years old this year, and we’ve never had a complete sidewalk network along Peoria Street in the community,” … [Read more...] about Two transportation measures are on Colorado’s ballot. Here’s how one could pay for rural buses, mountain bike trails and urban sidewalks.
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On his last ride on the mountain he loved, Tim Watkins set off on an unseasonably warm September morning up the grinding, steady climb of well-traveled Mount Herman Road. From there, he had options.He could grip his handlebars and take Stoopid Trail, the rocky and rollicking descent back into Monument. Or he could pedal on and drop into Limbaugh Canyon, where golden aspen and towering ponderosa sheltered meandering Monument Creek and a trail alongside it built for speed.Not only had Watkins traversed this backcountry hundreds of times, he helped develop and maintain these very trails. He was the man, in fact, who'd drawn the area's best-known map.And he cared for this terrain like a pastor for his parish - a devotion born of a horrific Forest Service accident he suffered years earlier that mangled both of his feet and ankles, leaving him barely able to walk, much less run or hike.On two wheels, he found his spirituality and inner peace.And on this particular ride, there is every reason … [Read more...] about Tim Watkins’ last ride: Unresolved murder of Palmer Lake mountain biking icon leaves community deeply unsettled
CLARIDON TOWNSHIP, Ohio--Smooth wooden poles rise between craggy pine trees in a clearing at the new Claridon Woodlands park. The poles support a ropes course 32 feet high, where brave people clutch, sway, and swing their way across wobbly X's and O's. Afterwards, back on solid ground, 11-year-old Vincent Piotrkowski says, "It was fun, but really scary." "I like the free fall," says Christian Schneider, 10, "when you start down on the zip line." Claridon Woodlands offers a rare, controversial blend of natural and man-made attractions in Claridon Township, some 35 miles east of Cleveland's Public Square. The park's 127 acres host wetlands, meadows, mature beeches and sugar maples. 2.2 miles of hiking trails, two artificial ponds, a stretch of the 20-mile Maple Highlands bicycle trail, 4,230 feet of Cuyahoga River tributaries, a fishing pier, a lodge, a picnic pavilion, and a "nature-based playground" with a canoe, cabin and more. Then the park holds what its website calls "extreme … [Read more...] about New Geauga County park brings ropes, mountain bikes and dissent
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Wish you had a little extra 'oomph' climbing that hill? Try an E-bike Electric bikes are a new, popular way to commute and exercise. A new store on Bardstown Road can help you if you're looking to take a spin, with power Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. Kirby Adams, Louisville Courier Journal Published 11:27 a.m. ET May 17, 2018 | Updated 1:45 p.m. ET May 17, 2018 CLOSE Louisville Courier Journal reporter Kirby Adams takes you on a ride with new Louisville Pedego Bike shop owner Frank Muscato and his electric bikes. … [Read more...] about Wish you had a little extra ‘oomph’ climbing that hill? Try an E-bike
Mountains in the Lake District, the UK’s most popular national park, could be graded like ski runs in an attempt to stem a tide in the number of hiker deaths. Cumbrian peaks including Scafell Pike, Helvellyn and Blencathra are among those being considered for green, blue, red and black labels, denoting a walk’s difficulty. Individual routes could be graded separately, with guidance changing according to the season. In European ski resorts, a piste marked by green poles is for beginners, a blue run is “easy”, a red “intermediate”, and a black “expert”. Mountain rescue experts in the Lakes, which welcomes some 15.8 million visitors a year, are concerned by the rising number of fatalities in the park. There were 13 deaths in 2016, 20 in 2017 and already eight in the first four months of 2018. A man’s body was found in Latrigg, a popular fell in the Lakes, in mid-April, shortly after a woman was found dead on Rossett Pike at Great … [Read more...] about Lake District mountains to be graded like ski runs after rise in hiker deaths