|Bicyclists & hikers need to turn out in force to the Polk County CDRE meeting on 3/2/2016 @ 10:15AM - as dozens of us did last year!|
As responsible citizens and bicyclists/hikers/outdoors people, it's critical that we be good stewards of our trails. Sometimes, this requires becoming politically active - and now is once again that time.
On Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 10:15AM, the Polk County CDRE Committee will be taking public comment in regards to increasing motorized use of the Polk County section of the Gandy Dancer State Bicycle Trail. Click HERE to view the official meeting agenda.
Specifically on the table is a re-working of the Polk County Gandy Dancer Trail segment that will allow continued use of ATV's on the Gandy Dancer State Bicycle Trail - or even an increased number of these "special ATV events". Additionally, allowing ATVs to use the trail during the Autumn & Spring seasons during the "frozen ground" season is both impossible to enforce and will damage the trail surface.
We ask bicyclists & hikers who enjoy non-motorized trails to show up in force at this critical meeting - following is where we need you to be this Wednesday (public comment officially starts at 10:30AM, so show up at 10:15AM):
March 2, 10:15AM
Public Hearing regarding the Gandy Dancer State Trail
Polk County Gov’t Center (100 Polk County Plaza, Balsam Lake, WI)
Sadly, no action on your part is a vote again bicycles & hikers enjoying beautiful non-motorized trails in our region. Polk County Officials need to hear the following messages loud and clear:
- Non-motorized trails, including the Gandy Dancer State Bicycle Trail are critical to our local economy, health, safety, and lifestyle. On an annual basis, our non-motorized trails bring tens of thousands of tourists to Polk County, generate millions of dollars in tourism commerce, brick and mortar businesses choose Polk County as where to locate their business to world class trails, trails provide a safe venue to exercise & recreation for residents & tourists alike, and trails provide our children a safe place to bicycle/hike/enjoy the outdoors.
- Motorized "special events" should not be held on the Gandy Dancer State Bicycle Trail - rather, these events should be held on one of the many great motorized trails within Polk County.
- Motorized vehicles should not be allowed to use the Gandy Dancer State Bicycle trail during the "frozen ground" shoulder seasons. This "frozen ground" criteria would be very difficult to understand/interpret for ATV'ers (the trail could go from rock hard to soupy soft in a matter of an hour or less), would damage the trail surface (as it has in Burnett County in past years), and would be very difficult/costly for the county to enforce.
If you're not able to personally attend the meeting and haven't already submitted a letter to Polk County officials, please email the following gentlemen your thoughts on the matter, where you are from, how you enjoy the trails, and how the trails lead you to spending money in Polk County.
Following is more information and context for you on the history of the Gandy Dancer State Bicycle Trail:
CLICK HERE to view a great blog post with many facts on the Gandy Dancer trail - links to master plans, how to file incident reports, and a link to a great document outlining the full history of the Gandy Dancer trail - dating back to the decommissioning of the railroad in 1984.
|The Gandy Dancer State Bicycle Trail is a safe place for kids and families to enjoy the outdoors!|