Expansion of Coldwater trails could push forward at two Tuesday meetings
by Brian Anderson
Feb 11, 2013 | 4325 views |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kyle Mann "gets some air" as he jumps his bike on the Coldwater Mountain Bike Trail. (File photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
Kyle Mann "gets some air" as he jumps his bike on the Coldwater Mountain Bike Trail. (File photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
Plans for the next phase of the Coldwater Mountain bicycle trails could begin to take shape at two meetings in Anniston on Tuesday night.

The Northeast Alabama Bicycling Association will host its monthly meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the office of The Anniston Star. At the same time, the Anniston City Council will meet and is expected to vote on funding the next phase of construction on the in-progress bike trails.

Patrick Wigley, owner of Wig’s Wheels bicycle shop on Noble Street, said if the council decides to pay $450,000 for construction, the next phase of trail building would likely begin in April.

“The current construction phase is supposed to be done in March,” Wigley said. “The trail builders don’t like to be up there in the summer because of snakes, vegetation and higher traffic, so we’re looking at rolling into April and being out of there by June.”

Wigley said the next phase of construction will concentrate on the “bomb dog” decent, which he said has become the trail’s biggest attraction for out-of-area bicyclers. Work will include constructing a three- to four-mile alternate trail for the slope for beginner or intermediate riders to get back to the top.

Chris Kehmeier, a project manager with the International Mountain Bicycling Association, will be on hand Tuesday at the local bicycle group’s meeting to discuss future construction for the trails.

The association is also expected to discuss planning for the upcoming Noble Street Festival, Sunny King Criterium, Cheaha Challenge and Foothills Road Race. Curtis Cupp, the assocation’s president said registration for the Foothills Road Race and Sunny King Criterium will open on the association’s website on Friday. Registration for the Cheaha Challenge is already open. All of the events are scheduled for the weekend of April 20 and 21.

The Northeast Alabama Bicycling Association meeting is free and open to the public. City Council meetings are always open to the public.

Staff writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.

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