Monday, May 6, 2013

Filter Added to Trail 347

PTSC identified a section of trail that needed to have a filter put in place.  

At the top of 347 out of the Cayuse trail head a filter was put in place just before the blind right hand curve.  This will slow bikers speed when going into the corner thus making the corner more safe.   The filter did not take any of the 'fun' out of the trail it added some, while forcing the biker to slow their speed when coming into the corner.

There are several other areas on 347 that have been identified for a filter. PTSC will work on those once we get feed back on how this first one went.

Please go ride, hike or bike that trail and let us know what you think.  You can give us feed back on the "My Outdoor Experience" tab on the this website.

Jason trying out the filter

PTSC notes: March 25, 2013

PNF reported on the RAC grant of #308 will be delayed.
PNF gave update about the Greater Prescott Trails Planning meeting.
            Became activated after PTSC came together to work on resolving safety issues.
            This is a big study about trail needs and has defined areas/zones to be studied.
            It will include an environmental assessment plan.
            GPTP realizes a large demand for trail use
            GPTP is focused on long term….  a vision for 50 years out.
            GPTP will have an in-depth look at the issues at hand.
            GPTP will be designing how to collect the information and try to avoid missing
                        any trail user groups.  They will give an over-view of what has been studied
                        so far per zone.
            Short term goals…do now… as well as long term goals will be listed.
            Connections between other communities will be looked at.
            Trail safety issue will be considered when planning trails.

Denny reported on the Almosta Trail work day when equestrians and bikers worked
together putting up post with new information signs.  It was a fun day and the bikers
were glad they did not have to pack in the heavy post, signs and tools.

Brooke reported on the revision of the <>   now have a domain with an addition
Of a reporting system that users can report anything…good or not…that occurs on their
trail rides or hikes or biking usage.  This will keep track of which trails have the most
traffic as well as an incident issue.  PNF needs more detailed input about the trails in
order to make more accurate assessment of the trail user and trail needs.  Questions as
how many people in the group, what did you see, have any positive or negative encounters with other users, did people yield correctly and politely, and issues about speed or signage.  Names and contact information must be given to verify the report.  PTSC members were asked to check out the web site and inform her if anything might needs to be changed. Go to "My Outdoor Experience" to report.
A PNFS link will be added.

PNF suggested a smart phone bar code could be on Kiosks to quickly inform users about
trail information maps, etc.  (This is already being done in Coconino National Forests.)

PNF is also taking note of the urgent needs for bigger and better tail heads.

1. A pamphlet designed to be put into appropriate stores, PNF, etc.  (Jason and Debbie.)
2. Plans for the Relay/Race and BBQ at Wm Valley Trail Head for all users.  (Brooke, Joyce, Sara, Denise.)
3.  Brushing Video need for Adopt a Trail Program.
4.  Create a Time Line for all projects.  (Denny and Brad.)
            #307 re-route, using CAT solution.
            #531 needs more courteous signs.
            Whiskey Row Race….route on City Map
            Endurance Race…April 13th – 15th.
            Camp Wood Motorcycle Race.
            April30th Easter Egg Hunt at Emmanuel Pass.  (PMBA)
            #332 needs road X-ing signage on Iron Spgs Rd.
            Groom Crk needs signage.  (Jason, Spike, Denny)  #332, #396, #254 and TH at Girl
                        Scout camp.
            #347 filtering blind corners.  (Riders and bikers.)
            #352 needs filtering

5.  Another Annual Trail Head Meeting.  Conside with National Trails Day, June 1, 2013.
(PNF will be planning the program.)

Another IMBA Classroom and Trail work coming.

Discussion re Patrick Kell’s statements made at Sedona. Many not happy with his presentation.
He suggested Sedona will be a destination for mountain biking as has been suggested about Prescott. PMBA is not supporting Prescott being a destination place.  They are not supporting  building down hill flow trails because PNF has natural one. Brooke noted the IMBA does not speak for PMBA

Craig and Leslie looking into starting a Trail Safety Coalition in Coconino‘s Red Rock District.
He reported that people did not have a positive reaction to Patrick Kell presentation. Craig is working toward more education for trail users on the Verde side.

Jason from PNF stated the destination issue speaks to good access to public trails (trail heads) and that much influx of people would interfere with people living here. People live here for the quality of living provided here.  Tourisms not the ONLY economic issue for Prescott.

PMBA is saying there would be a greater need for more trails to accommodate an influx of trail users.  Also a destination place would be greatly hinderd by PNF’s physical barriers, as sight lines, that would not be good for mountain bikers.

 June 8th…Outdoor Festival
 April 14th-17th…International Trail Symposium, Fountain Hills.
 New motorized trail at Dosey Pit.
 Will use Swecco on #384 (Wolf Crk Falls)

Next PTSC meeting:  May 13th at CVFS.