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In the previous article, we described “ride to your ride” as one of the founding concepts of urban mountain biking. We also talked about a model urban mountain bike trail plan. Yet, as we mentioned, no place has the model implemented perfectly and its doubtful many cities could implement that model without some real work. That left us with the question of whether ride to your ride was a myth and fantasy, or something obtainable.
Let’s look at three very different locations and show how ride to your ride happens in the real world.
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One of the founding concepts of urban mountain biking is “ride to your ride”. That is, the ability to get to the trail via your bike. No need for you pack up your car and drive to the location you intend to ride.
This concept has many advantages. First, the selfish one, in that it gives you more time to ride if you don’t have to go very far. But from an ecological point of view, the reasons why ride to your ride is a positive start to stack up. Just under a third of greenhouse gases are from transportation. Private motor vehicles are the primary culprit. Every trip you don’t use a car is that much less greenhouse gasses that are killing penguins. Connected to this are the items used in your car moving, from the rubber in your tires, to the oil in your engine, the various coolants and fluids. All these impacts add up because, even with recycling, many of these items have long supply chains that require motor vehicle transportation themselves. Lastly, there is the infrastructure aspect. Fewer car trips require few roads that are smaller in size. Smaller roads allow for the type of development patterns that further lower man’s impact on the planet. These development patterns, sometimes called “old school” or “strong towns” also can pay for themselves through tax revenue and therefore give a city the ability to invest in more public services, including the purchase of lands for public use.
But is this concept just that? In practice, can it exist in the real world?
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