Trails lead to Glenwood on Friday
A variety of trails and alternative-transportation groups have joined together to organize the “2005 Regional Trail Summit, The Future of Our Regional Trail System, Economic Benefits & Implementation,” scheduled from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Guest speaker Tim Young is associate regional director for the National Parks Conservation Association, managing a field office in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Tim has a special focus on alternative transportation both in Grand Teton National Park and throughout the National Park system.Prior to working for NPCA, Tim was the pathways director in Jackson Hole, developing and managing an award-winning bicycle, walking and trail program for the local government.An adventurer at heart, Tim traveled almost seven years on the “Too Tyred Tour” bicycle expedition around the world, bicycling 45,000 miles through 45 countries on six continents. Highlights of this world tour include crossing the Darien Gap jungle between Panama and Colombia, crossing the Sahara Desert in Africa, and bicycling over the Himalayas from Kathmandu, Nepal, across Tibet to Lhasa during the winter.Additional state and local speakers include: Ralph Trapani; Scott Reid, Summit County Trails; and Kay Salazar, National Park Service. Local elected officials include: John Martin and Trési Houpt, of Garfield County; Arn Menconi, of Eagle County; and Dorothea Farris, of Pitkin County, who will welcome and conclude this year’s regional trails summit. This is a free conference, and attendance is encouraged for all citizens, bike enthusiasts, developers, health professionals, planners and engineers, community leaders, tourism industry representatives, and anyone interested in a regional trails system.Sponsors for this years trail summit include: Aspen Earth Moving, OTAK, Schmueser, Gordon, Meyer, Design Workshop, Tuttle Surveying, DHM design, RFTA Rio Grande Trail System, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, Town of Carbondale Parks and Recreation, Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation, LoVa Trails Group, Mid-Valley Trails, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, Alice Sjoberg Graphic Design, PATHS and New Century Transportation Foundation.If you cannot attend this event but want to be in the loop on trail issues, please visit http://www.newcenturytrans. org and sign up for a newsletter.For more information or for free registration, please call (970) 704-9200 or e-mail your registration information to info@newcenturytrans. org.
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