Boone Area Cyclists set to meet



Article Published: Feb. 9, 2012 | Modified: Feb. 16, 2012
Boone Area Cyclists set to meet

Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park opened last year off U.S. 421 in Boone, thanks, in part, to efforts from Boone Area Cyclists.

Photo by Rob Moore (mtnsnapshots.com)



Boone Area Cyclists gather for its annual meeting Feb. 16, and new memberships will be available.

BAC, formed in 2009, has had a busy three years. Thanks to hundreds of volunteer hours, Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park opened last year off U.S. 421 in Boone. That, coupled with advocacy efforts and community biking events like Cyclo.Via, are just part of BAC’s continued game plan, group president Ken Johnson said.

“We want to make cycling safe and accessible for everyone in the Boone area and the surrounding High Country,” Johnson said.

Over the past year, BAC members have served on government boards, advocating cycling interests with both the county commission and the Boone Town Council. High membership numbers contribute to the effort, Johnson said.

“When we’re talking to government officials or people we might get grants from, they need to know how big the community is in the area,” he said.

Along with a discussion of financials and advocacy efforts, the meeting will be a chance to obtain a 2012 membership.

That meeting happens at the Watauga Medical Center’s Councill Auditorium from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16.

Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park trails (with the exception of the Upper Knob trails) are starting to “dry out enough to ride,” according to the Rocky Knob blog (rockyknob.wordpress.com). Riders are asked to remember the trails are prone to dramatic freeze and thaw cycles and to avoid trails when they are soft and muddy. Rocky Knob is a 185-acre park built, in part, thanks to a $500,000 grant from the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.

When complete, the park will host six to eight miles of mountain bike trails for all skill levels, three shelters, an adventure playground and picnic areas.

The park is located on U.S. 421, just east of the Boone city limits, seven-tenths of a mile past the Marathon Gas Station on Bamboo Road toward Wilkesboro.

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