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Today the members of BUMP would like to share with you what we hope will be a shared vision for the future of mountain biking in OMSP and the State of Alabama

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Why Shelby county and OMSP care about mountain biking? (Go through points on slide)

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Mountain biking is a large contributor to the local economy both directly and indirectly through multipliers such money spent food an accommodations

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What brings mountain bikers to an area? The best advertising is word of mouth. Moab Utah which is one of the premier mountain biking destinations in the United States owes its success to riders that spread the word through the mountain biking community about the quality of the trails and the surrounding support system. So what do mountain bikers want? (cover slide) OMSP and the surrounding area has all of these features with the exception of ….

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Oak Mnt has all of these except epic rides (ie, trail length)

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Bump’s vision and what we hope will also be the vision of DCNR, Shelby county and OMSP is …(go through slide)

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Oak Mnt. Is centrally located to other great mountain biking. It has the potential to be promoted as the base camp for mountain biking in Alabama. None of these trails have Epic trail designation. OMSP would be unique in the state and one of only a handful of Epic trails in the southeast.

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The draw and economic impact of mountain biking is evident when you look at the websites of our neighboring states. Although other states may have as many or more trails we believe Alabama and OMSP is unique in the quality of our trail and the close proximity (1-2 hr) of so many great trails to OMSP. This makes OMSP and the surrounding area the ideal base camp for people looking for a destination mountain biking location.

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We have worked with the State Park and other user groups for over a decade to build and maintain what has been described by riders as some of the best single track trail in the southeast. The trail is ranked 65th in the world.

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Although trail at OMSP has received great reviews in the past we believe it is no where near its full potential. Currently at OMSP

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Point out the different sections of the current trail The red line represents the current trail Just under 17 miles Approximately 50% is double track jeep road, encouraging high speed riding and resulting user conflicts. Beginner to Intermediate skill level. Lacking in challenges for the advanced rider. “Inherited” sections of trail, like Quarry Road, encourage high speeds and are difficult to maintain. The yellow and pink are multi use sections whose addition we believe will benefit all of the OMSP user groups, the park and the surrounding area

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We have several long term goals for we would like to work towards with DCNR, Shelby county, OMSP and other user groups. Specific to mountain biking they are……, for the county, and surrounding area….

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BUMP and Grind currently attracts 600-700 racers and their accompanying friends and family. This past year the Xtera race brought in people form all over the country to compete not only mountain biking but trail running and swimming. The quality of the mountain biking trail was a key factor in their location choice.

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We have a great trail now how can we make it better? Go through slide make sure they understand terminology. Singletrack defines a type of trail not necessarily the user. Singletrack blends into the surrounding environment disturbs mush less ground and is easier to maintain

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Go through slide remind them about the importance of each of these sections. Mention that we have already posted maps to aid bikers, hikers and runners on the trail.

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Show they types of erosion that can occur when trail is not properly designed but is simply inherited from another user group. Erosion issues due to inherited trail

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This map shows all of the current and proposed trail. Point out existing and new. Short and long range trail plans

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Cover slide information

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We have worked with IMBA and each year we sponsor club members to attend trail maintenance and building workshops so that we are always current on the newest techniques.

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Short goals

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Orient map Point out trails

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Cover slide

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Cover slide

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It will be necessary for the trail to cross the dam. Point out handicap parking area, trail will have fencing and a bridge over the spill way.

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This is a sketch of what that trail with fencing might look like

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Schematically if we look at a cut away of the trail you can see the trail construction. This trail construction will meet the standards of the Americans with disabilities act making it one of the few handicap accessible trails in the park. The fence design that has been proposed is a wood with vertical posts this is the bridge on the Homewood pedestrian path(it is metal) but it does show the basic idea.

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The spillway must be spanned by a bridge. We suggest a composite material that is light weight and strong. It is designed for backcountry installation therefore it can be brought in and erected without the use of heavy machinery that could potentially disturb the dam.

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A wood or concrete platform will form the landing for the bridge on either side of the spillway.

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Assembly of the bridge requires no special tools

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The handicap parking area will provide convenient access to the lake trail for park users that may not be able to access the more remote areas of the park.

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Discuss what each of these groups bring to the table, funding, manpower, etc

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Let them know that what we propose is improving the current erosion situation

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Oak Mountain State Park Proposed Improvements to the Existing Mountain Bike Trail System 2007

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Sport Adventure Tourism is the fastest growing sector in the tourism industry. There has been a steady increase in mountain biking in the U.S. between 1987 and 2007 (www.outdoorindustry.org). Bicycling creates economic growth in the surrounding community. It is estimated that biking in the Birmingham/Hoover area contributes at least $7 million in bike related sales (source: local business owners) . Why Promote Mountain Biking?

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The Value of Mountain Bike Trails Biking contributes $133 billion to the U.S. economy each year (Outdoor Industry Foundation, 2006). Mountain biking is an environmentally friendly, non polluting and low impact form of recreation and tourism. Nearly 40 million people go Mountain Biking each year (making it one of the largest recreational groups). Mountain bikers are typically affluent and well educated tourists seeking new trails to ride. The Oak Mountain bike trail system attracts thousands of visitors (100,000 visits/yr) and several events to the park on a continuing basis.

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What do Mountain Bikers Want? Connection to nature Epic rides (full day of riding) Support Accommodations Bike shop Maps Showers Restaurants Unique Experience

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What do Mountain Bikers Want? Connection to nature Epic rides (full day of riding minimum 25 miles) Support Accommodations Bike shop Maps Showers Restaurants Unique Experience

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BUMP’s Vision Make Birmingham/Hoover a mountain biking destination. Develop a trail system that fully meets the environmentally sustainable standards of the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) for an “Epic Ride:” Provide the possibility of at least a half day of riding single track trail. Designed to meet the needs of riders from Beginner to Expert skill levels. Emphasis on singletrack trail.

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Swayback Munny Sokol Lake Lurleen Monte Santo Mentone Cheaha Iron Legs Chickasabogue Park Hurricane Creek Oak Mountain Trussville Conyers, Ga DeSoto State Park Bankhead Red Mountain Park Bartram Trail Paul M. Grist Park

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State Park Websites that Highlight Mountain Biking Georgia State Parks http://gastateparks.org Florida http://funandsun.com/parks/ Tennessee http://www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/findapark/biking.shtml

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MOUNTAIN BIKING AT OAK MOUNTAIN STATE PARK

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Existing Oak Mountain Trail Just under 17 miles Approximately 50% is double track jeep road, encouraging high speed riding and resulting user conflicts. Beginner to Intermediate skill level. Lacking in challenges for the advanced rider. “Inherited” sections of trail, like Quarry Road, encourage high speeds and are difficult to maintain.

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Goals and Objectives Promote and increase mountain bike tourism to Shelby County and the central Alabama area. Attract more riders, and riders seeking additional challenges, who must now travel out of state to find what they need. Provide ways to introduce beginners to the sport. Provide a tiered skill experience so all riders can improve skill and fitness levels at an individual pace. Pursue IMBA’s Epic Trail status so Oak Mountain's Red Trail becomes a desired destination.

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Goals and Objectives Encourage outdoor recreation to promote the health of local citizens. Increase park revenues. Improve the national image of Shelby County and Central Alabama. Attract more young professionals to the area by improving recreational opportunities. Attract sporting events that bring visitors to the area.

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Ideal Trail Defined Long enough for half day rides (minimum of 25 miles of single track). Maximize the most sought after type of trail: Trail where users must generally travel in single file. Provide great views, an escape into nature, unique local features, varying terrain and challenges along with the unexpected. Tiered system trails consisting of smooth single track to more challenging technical single track (rocky, switchbacks, elevation shifts). Skill practice area to allow progressive development of skills. Singletrack

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PROPOSED TRAIL IMPROVEMENTS

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Proposed Trail Improvements Additional kiosks and signage to inform the public and provide for public safety and rescue Additions to current trail. Trail around Double Oak lake Re-route inherited trail sections to meet IMBA standards North Diamond (advanced) level loop Mountain bike skills park Link campground to trail

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Re-route trail off of fire roads to increase single track. These trails will be designed to minimize erosion which is currently a problem on inherited fire roads. Trail improvements to meet IMBA standards on inherited trail sections Red road Quarry road Chimney trail re-route Group camp road

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Double Oak Mountain Bike Trails Boundry

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Most of the work required to build and improve the trail will be performed by volunteers. To date BUMP volunteers have contributed over $21,600/year in labor alone for trail construction and maintenance.

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IMBA IMBA’s trail care crew is familiar with Oak Mountain and would be happy to assist us in designing and building a world class trail system.

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Phase I: Lake Trail

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Phase I: Proposed Double Oak Lake Trail New singletrack and multipurpose trails around Double Oak Lake to eliminate the need for riders to traverse Terrace Drive. Provide a relatively level multi-use trail for day use of hikers, walkers, runners and beginner mountain bikers. 4 to 5’ wide trail to provide for easy passing of pedestrians by cyclists and runners. Trail will also be ATV accessible (for maintenance and emergency use only). A more challenging singletrack to add mileage and interest to attract more riders and getting us closer to epic trail designation.

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Phase I (Con’t) Handicapped parking near existing pump house. Approximately 60’ span aesthetically attractive professionally engineered bridge over the dam spillway. Appropriate signage. Surfaced handicapped accessible path on top of dam from parking to the bridge.

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Bridge

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Partnerships Shelby County and other sponsors DCNR Recreational Trails Program Friends of Oak Mountain BUMP volunteers Volunteers from other trail user groups IMBA Trail Care Crew Individual donors

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Questions?

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Unlike the current access road the proposed trail will be surfaced to minimize erosion.

Summary: This is the plan BUMP has presented to the Alabama Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources.

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