Eric Meyer: Thanks Routt County Riders
As far back as I can remember I have enjoyed trails. Short walks close to home turned into overnight trips to mountain lakes. Multi-day backpacking trips on the Pacific Crest Trail and others became common with my father as a teen. I always knew that when I settled down I would give back to trails.
When I returned to Steamboat Springs, it was clear that if you wanted to make an impact on the Steamboat Springs trail system, Routt County Riders was the place to do it. With the exception of social, unauthorized and wilderness trails, if you use trails in and around Steamboat Springs, odds are Routt County Riders has helped get approval, built or maintained them.
Now, with Routt County Riders’ contributions to the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund, Routt County Riders is even helping to have positive impacts to the trails in the wilderness.
Routt County Riders has seen a lot of growth since 1991. When issues arise that relate to improving cycling infrastructure or trying to prevent the loss of public access, Routt County Riders has likely been a part of that discussion — saving public access to the Hot Springs trail; Emerald Mountain (front and back); Ski Area Bike Park approvals; county chip and seal policies; roadside rest areas; Share the Road campaign; and advocating for improved infrastructure on Safe Routes to School.
More recently, Routt County Riders was a part of the group that worked through the public process related to the dedication of a portion of the accommodations tax to trails in and around Steamboat Springs.
My time on the board of Routt County Riders lasted from March 2012 to April 2017. When I left, Kelly Northcutt had just started as a part-time employee under Routt County Riders’ trail-building division. In February 2018, the Routt County Riders board took the much needed step of hiring Kelly as the full-time executive director.
I am confident that Routt County Riders is in an excellent place as an organization with a diverse board and an exceptional executive director. I have learned more about local and federal government than I could have ever expected while volunteering with Routt County Riders. Much I have seen has been positive, but there are some issues that this community needs to address.
While I continue to be a Routt County Riders member, I am stepping away from the organization as an active volunteer. I look forward to continuing to make a positive impact on the trails and encourage others to help do the same.
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