This week, IMBA submitted its formal comments for the Draft Trail Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, OH. The roughly 20,000-acre park reclaims the land between Cleveland and Akron, OH, is the only national park in Ohio. As a former national recreation area, Cuyahoga is a virtual outdoor playground for the residents of these two population centers, featuring a robust trail network as its most popular asset.

The Draft Trails Management Plan offers new trail access opportunities for mountain bikers, including a new 10-mile trail loop. “The NPS staff at Cuyhoga National Park can be commended for their incredible detail planning and efforts to include mountain bikers as valued park visitors,” says IMBA Policy Analyst, Jeremy Fancher.

Thanks to the hard work of the Cleveland Area Mountian Bike Association (CAMBA), all of the alternatives for the plan offer expanded riding opportunities. However, IMBA and CAMBA would both like to see greater connectivity to bordering public lands and adjacent metro parks to provide better access to current bike infrastructure and to allow for the development of a larger, destination-level trail network. This was reflected in the comments submitted by both groups.

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