Nobody needs to hear about how 2020 went a little differently than planned, so let’s skip it and talk about the good stuff! This is the first in a series of posts about what was accomplished at MEMBA trails in 2020. So let’s get right into it and talk some stats!
Avg time moving
-4 min, 10 sec
Trails per ride
Data from Trailforks
Wow! Multiple stats with 50%+ increases is amazing! One thing to point out initially is that while Trailforks data isn’t a great way to get a sense of total use, there is enough data to make the difference stats worthwhile.
Whoa, what the heck happened at Mosquito Creek? Oh yeah, Matrix opened up at the end of 2019 and it is sweet. Something tells me MC may be challenging for the top spots on the leader board in 2021…
It looks like word got out about the amazing care being taken by the team at Bass! Owasippe fans definitely took advantage of the 2020 situation allowing the trail to be open for the summer. Upper Mac and Riley saw modest bumps to their already high traffic and it’s great to see considerably more folks getting out and exploring Allegan and Shore Acres!
9 miles of new trail…
Without building any trail! Bass and Riley became new trails, provided you show up on the right day. Both trails now feature directional-by-day signage that was completed thanks to a lot of hard work by the respective trail teams, volunteers, and their coordination with the DNR and Ottawa County Parks. Also shout out to MC for going from bidirectional to directional-by-day in 2020!
All in all
With 2020 in the rear view, it’s not hard to see how much value trails bring to our community. It is, however, tough to thank the folks involved in making it that way enough! Members, volunteers, community: thank you!
Next up: we’ll be diving deeper into individual trails as we continue recapping 2020.
Winter is upon us and we can’t wait to get out and groom some trail! Together with our pals over at the WMMBA, we offer a plethora of options for fatbiking in western Michigan. There are 9 total groomed options with a handful of others that will get ridden-in on their own.
Want to help? Of course you do! Most of these options are free and while our volunteers genuinely love doing the work, equipment and gas is not free! First: join us! Join MEMBA here and WMMBA here. Done that and still looking to offer more support? Donate!
What else? Show us the photos! What does a group of volunteers love more than seeing folks enjoy the result of their hard work? Nothing. Tag us wherever you’re posting and make our day.
No snow or looking to take a trip? Our friends up north tend to hit the snow jackpot and have a bunch of awesome fatbiking options as well; check them out over at nmmba.net.