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Top row left to right: Shane Brinton, Sean Tetrault, Joey Klein, Kirk Cohune, Steve and Morgan Lommele. Bottom row: Tom Phillips, Kevin Wright, Chris Johnston, Rocky Brashear, Vicky Sama.

By Vicky Sama

What do you think about a bike park in the Arcata Community Forest? That’s the dream that inspired Thursday’s meeting at Arcata City Hall and a field trip to Redwood Park.

Joey Klein, master trail designer for the International Mountain Bicycling Association, delivered a presentation about bike trails and parks to Arcata City Council members Alex Stillman, Mark Wheetley and Shane Brinton and to Environmental Services Director Mark Andre at city hall. Eureka politicians were there too. Several members of the cycling community, including members of Bigfoot Bicycle Club, Green Wheels, Revolution Bicycle Repair and Adventure’s Edge bike shop, among others, also attended the presentation and later walked around the forest looking for a potential bike park location.

Klein talked about the different types of trails and economic benefits that trails can bring to the community. He said that mountain biking generates $26 billion to the U.S. economy, and that one in five Americans 16-years and older ride a mountain bike.

IMBA’s Trail Care Crew Steve and Morgan Lommele, who were at the presentation and field trip, said they were impressed with the forest and excited to see strong support for a bike park in town. The Lommeles are heading a free trail building workshop in the King Range National Conservation Area at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. Trail lovers are invited to to participate and get a sneak peak at Phase 3 of the Paradise Royale mountain bike trail– Humboldt County’s gem trail.

Klein has been working for the past two months on Phase 3 with land managers, volunteers, trail crews and dozens of other community members. Phase 3 has some of the best, rare ocean views of any trails in the country, according to Klein. He says the Paradise Royale is one of his favorite mountain bike trails anywhere. And he should know; He travels the world designing and building mountain bike trails. After his valuable and much appreciated work in Humboldt County, Klein departs soon for his next gig in South Dakota. We can’t wait to have him back next year!

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