Congratulations to the Trails Program and the State Recreational Trails Committee!
The Awards Committee for the National Association of State Park Directors has chosen Colorado as the winner of the Coalition for Recreational Trails Annual Achievement Award for outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program funds by a State Recreational Trails Advisory Committee. The award was presented to Christian Meyer, Committee Chair on June 10th in Washington, D.C. at a special awards ceremony on Capitol Hill.
Colorado to receive Land Water Conservation Legacy Grant for the City of Denver and the Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK)
In a very competitive national grant round Colorado was one of eight states to receive an LWCF grant assisting the City of Denver and Environmental Learning-Kids in developing 4.5 acres of land into a park learning center for several under served neighborhoods in Denver.
For this grant round the National Parks Service received 49 grant applications requesting $19 million with only $3 million to award from their first LWCF Legacy Grant Program. The City of Denver and private partners will preserve 4.5 acres in the Montbello neighborhood of northeast Denver. This is to provide a unique, natural open-space park in a densely developed residential area, restore habitat for wildlife, and offer low-impact recreation and science education opportunities primarily to youth.
The grant will support enhancements to the currently vacant urban site, which is at risk of development, including restoration of native shortgrass prairie and installation of a soft surface walking trail, seating and nature play areas, display gardens, science stations,way-finding, and interpretative signs. This project requested 500, 000 dollars and the grant was for 250, 000 dollars. The project will cost approximately 2.5 million dollars to complete and will be a great addition to the Denver area. Read the full article.
Whether it be commuting to work or testing your endurance and skills on a trail system, the popularity of bicycling in general has increased over the last decade. And now there is a biking option that can be more user friendly and less labor intensive. This growing trend is an “e-bike” and just like it sounds, it is a bike that is either partially or completely propelled off of electric batteries.
The general make of an e-bike includes having a motor (hub or chain drive) on the rear gears of the bike with power controls placed with the gear shifters on the handlebars, and a battery that is placed above the rear wheel of the bike. What is unique about this class of bike is the fact that it is the only of its kind that is considered a “low speed e-bike” while other similar electric or motorized options like the moped and scooter are considered to be “low powered scooters.”
The popularity of e-bikes is driven by people who want a less labor intensive way to travel, whether it be in a city or out on a trail. There are many questions surrounding this exciting new mode of transportation, including can e-bikes get more people engaged in biking and what are the impacts of this? As this trend becomes more prominent, expect there to be more specific laws and legislation involving the use of electric bikes.