Impact of COVID-19 on Trails

"As the snow melts and the novel coronavirus lingers, getting out on the mountain bike trails will become difficult to pass up. And while local officials are encouraging people to get outside and exercise, it needs to be done in a way that won’t go against social distancing protocols or ruin the trails for other riders. " -Austin Colbert, The Aspen Times

Colbert, A. (2020, April 8). Mountain bikers: Continue to stay socially distant, notice wildlife closures, wet trails. The Aspen Times, page 1.
A great read on the impact of COVID-19 on trails. With the current state of closures in response to the novel coronavirus, more people are getting outside and riding bikes earlier than usual. This poses a specific threat to trails in that our close-to-home trails have yet to dry out from the spring melt. Riding muddy trails causes significant damage to the tread. This damage causes long-term issues involving erosion, improper drainage, and an overall unpleasant riding experience for everyone involved. During this time of uncertainty, we encourage getting outside but please abide by social distancing measures and keep your tires on dry, sustainable surfaces.