For the latest Bike Team news and upcoming events: please see below
Harmonie Trail Build Days
New Harmonie is Open!!!
Trails are now open! Please don't ride them if it has been raining... Give the tread a few days to dry out.
see the Courier and Press Article here: (THANK YOU RODGER MCBAIN!!!)
Alex and the Minions Next Projects:
Alex and the trail crew is hammering out some wicked single track at French Lick, and O'bannon Woods State Park. See HMBA forums for more info and early topo maps... http://www.hmba.org
Upcoming EMA Bike Team Events:
July 25, 2009 Evansville Otters 5 K Run/Walk
Greater Evansville Runners and Walkers Club:
Garvin Park: Evansville Otters 5 K Run/Walk
Other Pojects in the Works
NMBP/ Hooiser Trail Patrol- The state wide National Mountain Bike Patrol Group, the Hoosier Trail Patrol is now an official group. The summer of 2009 will see a new instructor certification program, which will allow for many people across the state to become patrol certified, allowing program development.
Harmonie State Park Advanced Trails- Another section of Harmonie will be built in 2010; the Advanced Section..... Scouting and preliminary layout will occur later this year.
Harmonie State Park Pump Track/ Dirt Jump/ Skills Park- Currently in development. Members of the EMA Team along with other local MTB and BMX riders are speaking with Ben Blitch of B4 Construction and pumptrackbuilder.com about facility development.
Evansville Area Trails Coalition- A new lobby group for cycling advocacy
Below is from the Evansville Courier and Press
Developing a comprehensive system of foot paths, bikeways, trails and greenway corridors can pave the way toward dramatically improving Evansville’s quality of life, says Roberta Heiman, founding chairman for the Evansville-area Trails Coalition Inc. (ETC.).
The new organization is taking its mission public Thursday.
She will discuss ETC. and its goals in a public meeting with Ron Carter, executive director for the Indiana Greenways Foundation, at 3 p.m. at Evansville Central Library. The organization’s plans will be outlined at 4:30 p.m. in a separate news conference at The Pagoda.
Heiman, president of the Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage Advisory Board, is a retired Courier & Press reporter who for decades wrote about still-incomplete efforts to build a system of connecting trails along Pigeon Creek and around the city.
After comparing Evansville’s efforts to those in other cities that have more miles to show after fewer years of work, she began talking with others about creating a grass-roots advocacy group to help government agencies plan, develop and find funding for a comprehensive network of multiuse trails for commuting, recreation, fitness and the overall health of the community.
She has met with representatives from organizations including the Welborn Baptist Foundation, the YMCA, The Evansville Runners & Walkers Club, and the Miles Ahead bicycle coalition, as well as city and county officials, to help develop the coalition, which recently filed for incorporation.
She appreciates ongoing government efforts on the greenway, bike lanes and other projects, “but it needs a citizens’ initiative,” said Heiman. “We need to bring local groups to the table.”
Community support has been critical to developing walker friendly, bike friendly communities across the country, said Carter.
A good trail system can boost a community's economy along with its quality of life, says Carter. Property values typically increase along well-used trails, and they invite investment, Carter said. The 17-mile Monon trail through Indianapolis and neighboring communities, draws 1.3 million people a year, he said. That is more than all the city’s parks and golf courses combined.
Investors have put a half-billion dollars into business and residential developments along two miles of the Monon, he said. “It’s the spine of that development.”
It’s not just big cities that can afford trail systems, says Heiman. Fort Wayne, Ind., a city of 250,000 people, has more than 36 miles of trails built, six more under construction and plans for another 68 miles of trails. That pales in comparison to Eugene, Ore., a city of 138,000 people with 250 miles of greenways and hiking and biking trails.
If they can do it, Evansville can too, Heiman said. “I’d be terribly ashamed of us if we don’t.”
Anyone who can’t attend Thursday’s events but wants more information about ETC. may send an e-mail to Heiman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (812) 424-0566.
Completed Events 2009
Sunday May 17th Hadi Shrine 5K
Where: Hadi Shrine Temple- on the Riverfront downtown
Wednesday May 20th 'Ride of Silence'
What: A 7.5 mile bike ride, in silence, no faster than 12 MPH in honor of cyclists and others killed or injured while cycling on public roadways.The ride, which is being held during Bike Safety Month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The Ride of Silence will be occuring in hundreds of cities worldwide. All cyclists are welcome.
When: Wednesday, May 20th 2009
We will leave promptly at 7:00 p.m.. Please arrive early enough to air up tires and participate in a moment of silence before the ride.
Where: Evansville Civic Center 1 NW M L King Blvd
Meet at the South end of the Civic Center Campus, on Locust between MLK and SE 9th St.
Route: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=2796060 Route is subject to changes!!!
Why Does This Event Exist?
•To HONOR those who have been injured or killed
•To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here
•To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD
see http://www.rideofsilence.org/main.php and http://evvemabike.googlepages.com/evansvillerideofsilence for more info.
May 30, 2009 Rollin' River 5K Henderson, Ky
Saturday May 30, 2009