We are just days into the new year, the snow finally showed up (hopefully, to stay this time) and time for the January, WMMBA Member Meeting!
Many of us made a few resolutions for the new year, ride more, ride at night, get involved with the WMMBA, etc…
We want to help you keep those resolutions.
This Wednesday night, we will be meeting at the Indian Trails Golf Course. With the new snow on the ground, Indian Trails will have their groomed fat bike course open and ready for the season and we would like you to help us ride it in.
Afterward, the club house will be open, with roaring fire to warm you back up, beverages available on tap and yes, there will be food!
Central District Cyclery will be serving up the food! They’ll have roast pig, vegetarian beens and all the other fixings as well!
Central District Cyclery will also be contributing $15 towards any new WMMBA membership! We’ve spoke with a lot of you who are on the fence about becoming a WMMBA member and CDC would like to make it a bit easier to jump on board. We’ll be there to answer questions about membership and tell you about some of the great things the WMMBA has lined up for the year.
So, grab your fat bike, grab your friends, bring your appetite and join us on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015. Ride time starts at 6pm, food starts at 7pm and meeting time is 7:30 (ish).
Lights and helmets are required on he course, so bring them, please.
Don’t have a fat bike? There will be demos on hand! Don’t want to ride? Join us for the meeting! See you then!
Getting fat in the city!
Indian Trails Golf Course, 2776 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 There are 3 loops of groomed trails for fat bikes (4-5 miles).
Will be an ask for a suggested donation of $5 toward grooming. Once groomed, trails will be open to the public.
Every Wednesday night in January and February the clubhouse will be open 6p-10p. Which means the bar will be open and the fireplace stoked!
Come ride, then warm up with friends!
The WMMBA is pleased to announce that they are in favor of the Grand Rapids Parks millage and encourage you to vote yes on this millage.
For more information please click on the link below.
GRAND RAPIDS – A state grant could speed development of a “grand loop” of area mountain-biking trails.
Grand Rapids plans this spring to apply for two Recreation Passport grants from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. One would help fund resurfacing of six tennis courts at Aberdeen Park, 798 Evelyn St. NE. The other would help pay for 3.5 miles of natural-surface mountain-biking trails at Richmond Park, 1101 Richmond St. NW.
The project proposed at Richmond Park would be part of “The Grand Loop” that will enable riders to access a network of off-street trails via on-street paths, said Kevin Allen, president of the West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance.
“Why it’s so attractive at Richmond Park is because it marries with the urban bicyclist as well,” Allen said. “You can literally leave from your driveway and ride a little bit on the street and head out from there and hit some mountain-biking trails.
“There’s a lot of little parcels of property that are untouched, and our plans are to develop trails in these (areas) that not only the mountain bikers, but runners and joggers and cross-country skiers, could enjoy.”
Existing mountain-biking trails in the city are at Ken-O-Sha Park, 3155 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, and Grand Rapids Bike Park, 580 Kirtland St. SW. There also are existing trails at Richmond Park “that are not very sustainable,” Allen said.
“Our goal is to redesign those trails and make them something that everybody can use,” he said.
The Passport grants, which are funded by sales of $10 recreation passports sold by the Secretary of State, will range from $7,500 to $45,000 this year. Recipients must pay at least 25 percent of the total project cost.
The mountain-biking alliance will provide matching money for the Richmond Park trails, while Grand Rapids Tennis Patrons and Grand Rapids Public Schools will pitch in for the Aberdeen tennis courts, city officials said.
“Those courts have been perpetually on the list” of park needs, said Steve Faber, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks executive director. Unlike some parkland development monies, the passport grants are a way for the city to get money for upgrades to existing parks, he said.
City Commission is expected to hold a March hearing on the grant applications.
Grand Rapids last year got two $30,000 Passport grants: for basketball court and restroom improvements at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 800 Fuller Ave. SE, and for playground upgrades at Roosevelt Park on Grandville Avenue SW. The local match for each of those projects is $15,000.