Friday, April 17, 2009

Good will hunting

BCRD looking for bike path ambassadors


By EXPRESS STAFF

A little dose of spring sunshine and warm temperatures has brought walkers, cyclists, roller bladers, runners and horseback riders out in droves this spring to enjoy the Wood River Trails system.

The network of multi-use paths gets busier every year and with that comes a greater need for safety awareness and respect for all users, according to a news release from the Blaine County Recreation District.

In an effort to ensure a safe and enjoyable path experience for everyone, the BCRD, the cities of Sun Valley and Ketchum, the Hailey Police Department, the Blaine County Sheriff's Office and the Bellevue Marshal's Office have partnered to create the Wood River Trail Ambassador program. Trail ambassadors will be the "eyes and ears" of the Wood River Trails, spreading goodwill and safety awareness.

"We're really happy so many people use and love the Wood River Trail," said Eric Rector, BCRD trails director. "At the end of the day, however, it remains a 'multi-use' path. We would like all users to feel comfortable and safe when out on the path and hope the Wood River Trail ambassadors can help ensure that feeling of safety and friendliness."

Ambassadors will be available to answer questions, give directions, assist with basic bike repairs, report emergencies and address issues pertaining to trail maintenance and safety.

Trail ambassadors will carry no law enforcement authority above that of a regular citizen. Their influence lies in their knowledge, friendliness and willingness to help others, the BCRD said.

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Volunteers are asked to give a minimum of four hours per month and can do this while walking, running, roller blading, bicycling or riding a horse on the Wood River Trails.

All volunteers must complete a BCRD volunteer application, successfully pass a background check and complete all training.

Training is scheduled for April and May and includes program orientation and League of American Cyclists Road I Bike Skills Course on April 28 & 29. Interested volunteers can contact Janelle @ 788-9142 or e-mail @ jconners@bcrd.org.

For more information about the BCRD, call 788-2117 or check www.bcrd.org.




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