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    Calling all Williamson County Mtn Bikers - Post up

    I am trying to promote the idea of a local Williamson County trail, and am sure that the question will arise about how many mtn bikers live in Williamson County. Can I get a quick post if you live in Williamson County.

    I and some other SORBA folks are going to meet with some County officials to discuss soon. I would love to be able to mention that we have bunches of SORBA members just begging for a local trail. Post up whether you are a SORBA member or not, and if you know others that mtn bike but don't participate in this board, that would be interesting as well. I will check back from time to time to tally the results.
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    I'm in Williamson, along with 4 others that don't use this board but mtb regularly. (5)

    Anyone know anything about the land from Franklin road (just past the tracks) to Liberty Pike along the NorthWest side of Mack Hatcher? Hill, trees, lots of dirt/gravel roads and a fence around it.

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    Well you got me +1 and I know of 4 others in Franklin but are on the board..

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    Exciting post!!!

    As Chris mentioned, I am in Williamson too.

    In addition, my wife and two other friends who are not on this board and are mountain bikers in Williamson County. My son will be one soon, but he currently is only 4 months old so I am not sure if he counts

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    Besides myself(Cooper), I can think of three others that mtn bike but don't use this board.

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    Bob, Im in Williamson, Co. Two of my neighbors mnt bike with me periodically. I know they would go more often if there was a trail closer by. Lefty Scott

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    Quote Originally Posted by kindacreeky View Post
    I am trying to promote the idea of a local Williamson County trail, and am sure that the question will arise about how many mtn bikers live in Williamson County. Can I get a quick post if you live in Williamson County.

    I and some other SORBA folks are going to meet with some County officials to discuss soon. I would love to be able to mention that we have bunches of SORBA members just begging for a local trail. Post up whether you are a SORBA member or not, and if you know others that mtn bike but don't participate in this board, that would be interesting as well. I will check back from time to time to tally the results.
    Bob,

    You may have some of these stats, but below are some numbers that may be of interest regarding cycling in general. I gathered these numbers last fall for another effort I was involved in. As you'll note cyclists look an awful lot like both Taxpayers and Voters. Hope this might help. The sources are cited as well:

    • According to the National Sporting Goods Association there are more Bicyclists in the United States than golfers, skiers, and tennis players combined!

    • Nearly 40% of all Americans ride bikes.

    • They provide an extremely compelling economic force with a mean annual household income of greater than $60,000.

    • A full 25% of all cyclists demonstrate annual household incomes over $80,000.

    • 50% of cyclists are married.

    • 65% of cyclists are between the ages of 24 and 60.

    • 44% of U.S. bicyclists are female, 56% are male.

    • Bicycling is an industry of over $5.5 billion annually.

    • In 2003 consumers bought more than 18.5 million bicycles.
    • That’s a full 3.7 million more than all of the cars and trucks sold in the U.S. in the same year…
    Source: Bikes Belong Coalition 05/2006

    • 52.3 Million people bicycle for recreation.

    • This adds up to a 21.9% increase in 2005.
    Source: National Sporting goods Association 2005 Participation Survey

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    Quote Originally Posted by GNC View Post
    Bob,

    You may have some of these stats, but below are some numbers that may be of interest regarding cycling in general. I gathered these numbers last fall for another effort I was involved in. As you'll note cyclists look an awful lot like both Taxpayers and Voters. Hope this might help. The sources are cited as well:

    • According to the National Sporting Goods Association there are more Bicyclists in the United States than golfers, skiers, and tennis players combined!

    • Nearly 40% of all Americans ride bikes.

    • They provide an extremely compelling economic force with a mean annual household income of greater than $60,000.

    • A full 25% of all cyclists demonstrate annual household incomes over $80,000.

    • 50% of cyclists are married.

    • 65% of cyclists are between the ages of 24 and 60.

    • 44% of U.S. bicyclists are female, 56% are male.

    • Bicycling is an industry of over $5.5 billion annually.

    • In 2003 consumers bought more than 18.5 million bicycles.
    • That’s a full 3.7 million more than all of the cars and trucks sold in the U.S. in the same year…
    Source: Bikes Belong Coalition 05/2006

    • 52.3 Million people bicycle for recreation.

    • This adds up to a 21.9% increase in 2005.
    Source: National Sporting goods Association 2005 Participation Survey

    Grant

    That is really interesting...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny5 View Post
    I'm in Williamson, along with 4 others that don't use this board but mtb regularly. (5)

    Anyone know anything about the land from Franklin road (just past the tracks) to Liberty Pike along the NorthWest side of Mack Hatcher? Hill, trees, lots of dirt/gravel roads and a fence around it.

    That area is called "Roper's Knob" It is owned by the City of Franklin. It has some historical interest (to the yankees at least ). The Union Army used it for smoke signals. It would be a great place for a mountain bike trail. That would be a discussion to have with Lisa Clayton of Franklin Parks Dept.
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    Bumping back up

    Thanks for the posts so far.
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    My riding buddy from work lives in Williamson, he would love more trails!
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    I work in Franklin (live just over the line in Maury) with a total of 8 MTBs including the wives. A trail closer to Franklin would be awesome.

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    Wherever I am that's where I'll be.

    Uzzi lives in Williamson Co and sometimes refers to himself in the 3rd person.

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    I live in Williamson County and try to ride regularly. I guess you can say my husband "sort of" rides? Having another trail nearby would be sweet!
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    There is Higher Ground that is a fun trail - it's just sorta way out on the other side of Franklin.

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    I'm in Williamson. Spouse and the two kids are regular riders (part time mtb.)
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    thanks to all so far.

    I live in Davidson, but only a few miles from Williamson. the area of the possible trail would be out just beyond Leipers Fork. the County just acquired some land out that way. Real handy to an exit off of the Natchez Trace.

    I am on vacation this week and have been ridign an awesome trail here in Lynchburg VA. It is in a city park right in the middle of town. Makes me want to investigate that parcel right there in Franklin reportedly owned by the City.
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    Thanks again

    will be reporting your interest to the Williamson County Mayor, Rogers Anderson tomorrow. Will report back.
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    Talking

    I live in Williamson CO + 2 others that do not use this board ride regularly, Also I have two sons that both ride MTB

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    This is great! who all do we have in W. county? lets tally.

    spread the word brothers and sisters.....

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    I think that makes 37 but we need names from those willing to show interest and support.

    If they don't want to post they can send emails to:
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    See SORBA area for Report

    Williamson county meeting details over in SORBA section. Williamson County Residents (especially) please notice.
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    Count me in

    I'm in...let me know how I can be "vocal".

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    Probably Late but anyway.......

    I live in Brentwood and have a group of about 12-15 mountain bikers who live near me that I have gotten into this during 2006-2007. I am sure some of them and myself would be willing to help or get involved in anything new in Williamson County. Please contact me at kbenward@comcast.net if I can help in any way.

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    Williamson County trail

    Any further word on the Leiper's fork trail, or anything else in the Williamson County area?

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    I will see if we can get an update.

    I know nothing. but the public meetings will eventually be held. We need to keep our attention on this so we can be a good presence at the meetings.
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    Still no meeting scheduled yet.

    "Red five standing by..."

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    Williamson County Riders.

    There are at least 5-6 in my neighborhood alone. Tanyard Sprnings, Spring Hill. South Williamson County

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    I will be moving to Williamson Co. as soon as I possibly can. So, please count me in for this.

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    Thanks for the post ups folks.

    I'm guessing at this, but I think TDOT and the County are still "discussing" the route 840 will take across the property. TDOT has not acquired their easements yet. Wherever it goes, don't worry, it is 400+ acres. I suspect we won't see public interest meetings until early next year.

    When nominated for co-director of Advocacy and Trails for SORBA 2008, I told Darryl that I wanted to focus on taking our best shot at getting a trail on the property, and I'm reasonably confident the Board will agree this should be a goal for 08. So if you are on the fence on joining SORBA and think this is something where you can help out, then by all means please jump in give us a hand.
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    My buddy and I both mountain bike and live in Williamson.

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    I've presented a minor update to the SORBA Board that will be disseminated tomorrow night regarding the park in Williamson County, but the quick and dirty is everything is moving along. The County has got a couple of other "fish to fry" first before the new park becomes a focus item. That said, I was encouraged by my latest talk with County Parks.
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    Spring Hill, on the Williamson Co. side.. in Wakefield.. new to the sport, but would love to see a trail close by..

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    Thanks for posting up. The County has their Spring Hill Rec Center open now which was their top priority. I expect to hear from them regarding the potential mountain bike site in the next month or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coopdog View Post
    Thanks for posting up. The County has their Spring Hill Rec Center open now which was their top priority. I expect to hear from them regarding the potential mountain bike site in the next month or two.
    yep, right at the back of my neighborhood.. has made traffic on Commonwealth a little nuts.. hope they get a different access point to it soon..

    thanks for the info coop.

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    I realize it's been a while since I posted the latest.

    I met with the County Mayor regarding an unrelated matter about three weeks ago. During our conversation, I mentioned this property again. He explained to me that they are working with TDOT on SR840 still. This will be the final corridor of 840 to be completed. 840 will bisect the property. However, it looks like they will cross the park with a high bridge which should give easy access to both sides. Further, the Mayor has made a couple of other requests of TDOT which would be a great addition to the park. All in all I think we're still a year or two before we might be able to get in there. We've got to let TDOT have their fun first. That said, I've got another idea in the works that may gain us at least a temporary foothold at the park. I should know more in a week or two. I'll keep you posted.

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    Yeah. I live hear too and that would be great to have a close trail...! There is me and sometimes my brother and dad ride with me. I also have 2 friends that ride as well.

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    Im a fellow mtb"er" ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    im interested in getting involved in a organization like sorba or another mtb group that helps with trails and such.........looking for community service and volunteer hours
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleDigitMTB View Post
    Im a fellow mtb"er" ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    im interested in getting involved in a organization like sorba or another mtb group that helps with trails and such.........looking for community service and volunteer hours
    We would love to have you. We post up things that are going on with SORBA on this board as we go along. You can also check our website and blog for updated information.

    I think the next workday is 6/6 at Hamilton Creek if your interested in coming out and helping. You would get the chance to meet some of us and work on some trails at the same time.

    We also have a Fat Tire Festival at Hamilton Creek on 6/20 from 9-5.

    Thanks for the interest and PM me if you have questions.
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    I'd love to do that! would that count as community service hours, if not i'm still in
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleDigitMTB View Post
    I'd love to do that! would that count as community service hours, if not i'm still in
    I don't know what community service hours are so I am not sure. You can PM me with specific questions if you want to.
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    I have heard that Williamson County is developing an 80 acre tract just south of the high bridge over 96 toward Liepers Fork, for trails of some kind. Any knowledge on this?

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    A group from SORBA met with Will Co. Mayor last year.

    We were trying to see how receptive they would be to a mtb trail on a bigger tract (250+ acres) that they just acquired from Franklin city. This is known as the Franklin Springs Property. They said that they would consider it while doing a major study on how to use the parcel.

    Anyway, while we were talking about that, they brought up the new tract that they own that abuts onto the Natchez Trace Pkwy. They got the National Park System to build an access to their property off of the parkway. I understand that the NPS went along with this reluctantly. The property is ridge and valley, and not much flat land. I hear that they want to make a nature park with maybe a small kids playground. They talked about a nature trail for Trace travelers.

    We need to re-visit the Springs property with the county. I assume their development plans have stalled out with slow economy, but not sure. It appeared that whatever trails that would be built would have to be multi-use trails, shared with horses and hikers. The property is partly underneath a bridge that is to be built for Route 840. The property is bisected by the new highway. It is ridge and valley, with about 200 ft of relief, and old woods. Located southwest of Leipers Fork. They were receptive to our interest, but certainly non-commital. Talked about multiple public meetings to check out the interest.
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    I know I'm late to the party, but I live in Fraklin and mountain bike regularly. Also have a neighbor who rides and would ride more if there were a closer trail. Let m know what I can do to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tvancleve View Post
    I know I'm late to the party, but I live in Fraklin and mountain bike regularly. Also have a neighbor who rides and would ride more if there were a closer trail. Let m know what I can do to help.
    The only thing we are missing at this point is the vital component. The site to build a trail.
    We have and organized body to advocate and reach out to any public land manager. We can design, develope and maintain trail and even programs to grow our sport.
    Other than the Franklin Springs site (we need and update on it's potential), what public land should we pursue with that perspective land manager?
    Funding opportunites are at our fingertips with a bit of work.
    Williams and Rutherford counties are without ANY public trails and enhancing our IMBA/SORBA numbers in those areas is going to pay off as even those stewards outside Williamson County are VERY eager to find the venue.
    Ideas?

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    In Williamson Cty.

    plus 2; however you can also tell the county officials that our Police force would benifit by the trails you are proposing. I am trying to get a few of them that I know to go out to Hammy for an easy ride.

    Alex


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