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I have been a full-time resident of Routt County and Steamboat for 22 years. When my husband and I moved here in 1991, I rode my mountain bike on the Creekside Trail, and others on the ski mountain, as well as on the Continental Divide Trail, often with a backpack loaded with photo gear, and the Silver Creek Trail from Buffalo Park down to the Stagecoach area. It doesn't take a mathematician to figure out that I am no longer riding these challenging mountain bike routes. But I do love to ride. I can ride my mountain bike on gentle forest roads, or on the many other roads in the county and on the Core Trail. I can ride with my husband on any of the over 700 miles of county roads here in Routt County anytime. But what I feel we are lacking are more trails, like the Core Trail, but longer and more multi-directional, as in Summit County, or the Rio Grande Trail from Glenwood Springs to Aspen or even the Mickelson Trail in South Dakota. Is it important to have many mountain biking trail opportunities for the generation of cyclists who enjoy these types of trails? YES, My husband is one of them. But I and many of my friends, who spend lots of $$$$ living here and enjoying our lifestyle deserve a break too...how about a wider shoulder on CR 129, or a paved trail out to Stagecoach Reservoir, or maybe even a way to get from Steamboat, home to where I live in The Silver Spur subdivision without competing with 18 wheelers on U.S. Highway 40? Not everyone who lives here in the Yampa Valley or visits in the Summertime needs a gravity trail to have a good time. Lets hear from others like me...also those who have children who would like a safe way to ride their bikes from the outskirts of town into downtown Steamboat!!
I absolutely agree with Lynette. Please don't approve a Vitamin Cottage next door to Healthy Solutions!!! It would seriously hurt that wonderful store. Additionally, as Lynette mentioned, we need a grocery store west of town. We do most of our grocery shopping at City Market. Both CM and Safeway are very good stores. Maybe one of them would want to have a satellite store on the west side of town. It currently takes 40 minutes just to drive back and forth for groceries, plus time in the store. Other opinions???
Maybe it's time for a temporary ban on agricultural burns?
What am I not understanding here? If the idea is to expand bicycling opportunities, attract cycling enthusiasts to the Yampa Valley and make our community more 'bike friendly,' then what does a NASCAR track have to do with this? How about extending the core trail west of town and/or in other directions so cyclists have more places to ride safely?The Rio Grande Trail that goes from Glenwood Springs to Aspen is a terrific example of a safe and enjoyable place to ride and so my husband and I travel there to cycle. Even if we can't add 30 or 40 miles to our existing trail, we could get started with whatever funds are available to Routt County.
What I cannot understand is why the vote is not open to the entire county. I live in Silver Spur and we are far more impacted than anyone in the city on this issue. We support Steamboat 700. Having a grocery store, other amenities as well as bike paths out to this area would be incredibly helpful. Try driving back and forth for just a few groceries now. It currently takes almost an hour round trip! And BTW, there won't be 5000 new residents right away. It may take 20-30 years!
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