Mt. Biking Trails Get A Boost From Senator Adam Hinds
If you love Mountain biking I have some good news from State Senator Adams Hinds. He says "Mountain biking has been identified as an industry that is growing and we are well positioned for it,"
iBerkshires.com reports according to New England Mountain Bike's Berkshire County Branch President Alison McGee, there are hundreds of great mountain biking trails throughout Berkshire County.
But, most aren't mapped.
Unless people are in certain Facebook groups or know others who can show them around, many don't know about them. She knows there are different levels of maintenance being done. And she knows not all of them have always been at the liking of property owners.
Hinds has now successfully lobbied the state to earmark $800,000 in an environmental bond bill to bring in professionals to identify the trails, map them, market them, and develop and construct new ones throughout Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden counties. He envisions Western Mass having "hubs" of mountain biking.
Hinds said some $46.9 billion is spent on bike trips — both mountain biking and road biking — and Kingdom Trails in Vermont has some 100,000 visitors annually.
Hinds estimates that some $150,000 would be spent on doing assessments and mapping for mountain biking trails. The rest of the funds can go toward implementing the new plan and constructing trails — which could include acquiring land.