The Baileys Mountain Bike Trail System: Improving Communities through Innovative Financing

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Situated in the Appalachian Foothills of southeast Ohio, the Baileys Mountain Bike Trail System is a planned 88-mile destination-level, mountain bike optimized trail system that connects directly to local communities and to cities in Athens County via the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway. The vision of this trail system is to develop recreation tourism opportunities that contribute to the ecological, social, and economic growth and sustainability of communities in southeast Ohio. In partnership with the Wayne National Forest, the Athens Bicycle Club developed a collaborative working group with the Athens County government, community governments and organizations, Ohio University, and a growing list of participants. In just three years, we have developed a trail master plan, completed environmental analysis of the trail system, found ways to connect to communities, and been selected for an innovative financing mechanism that could provide upfront capital for trail construction.
Syracuse, NY
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Business Practices / Contracts / HR
Urban Planning & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
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• Participants will be able to describe the process of building a collaborative team to support the development of a community-driven trail project
• Participants will be able to outline the Pay for Success financing model
• Participants will be able to summarize the steps for working with a federal land management agency through the trail planning and development process
Seth Brown, Quantified Ventures; Dawn McCarthy, Wayne National Forest; Danny Twilley, Ohio University, Peter Kotses, Athens Bicycle Club
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