I can’t say that the weather has been great for mountain biking (still too wet to responsibly ride the trails) but skinny tire folks have had plenty of chances to burn up a little asphalt under their tires.
I’m not a roadie but if we keep building trails at the pace we have in the last couple of years, I might become one. The bike trail network in Kent and in the region is becoming one of our strongest assets for quality of life, and even economic development. It’s to the point today where business relocation decisions end up being made based on what used to be the soft selling points like bike trail connectivity, parks, river, etc. because those are what separates one place from the next.
Face it, in this global economy you can almost choose to locate a business anywhere and still be everywhere you need to be, so companies are looking at the quality of life for their employees as a first tier decision point rather than as an afterthought. That’s great news for places like Kent where our longstanding eco-sensibility, passion for everything green and abundant natural surroundings has put us at the forefront for outdoor recreation pursuits like hiking, biking and kayaking — all of which can be found at the top of corporate site selection lists these days.
Kent’s Parks and Rec Director talks about Kent as being positioned as a hub for the regional hike and bike network — strategically located between the Summit/Akron/National Valley trails and the trails to our east which will eventually extend to Warren, Youngstown and even Pittsburgh.
Kent prides itself on being in the center of the action and we’ve got plans in place to ensure we stay that way but planning never rests so if you’re a bike or trail enthusiast the region’s bike planners at AMATS have scheduled a public bike planning forum in Kent for Wednesday, April 27th at the Kent Free Library at 5:30. So hop in your bike, ride down to the meeting, and let your voice for biking be heard.