City kicks off effort to make Issaquah a mountain biking destination

October 25, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Oct. 25, 2010

Earlier in the year, the City Council set a goal to transform Issaquah into a destination for mountain biking.

In order to reach the goal, the city has created the Issaquah Mountain Biking Task Force to study opportunities for mountain bikers inside the city and elsewhere, determine mountain biking needs in the community and track mountain biking projects in other communities.

The group launches a yearlong planning session at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Issaquah Trails House, 110 Bush St., and then meets on the last Monday of every month.

Membership includes City Council and Park Board members, plus cyclists, environmentalists and other citizens.

Members plan to document existing mountain biking resources in the area, research successful mountain biking efforts elsewhere, identify potential additions to the mountain biking networks and create a planning process for mountain bike trails.

The group intends to provide recommendations to Mayor Ava Frisinger and the council at the end of the process.

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3 Responses to “City kicks off effort to make Issaquah a mountain biking destination”

  1. Anthony Carroll on October 25th, 2010 6:28 pm

    This is a terrific idea. If Issaquah is serious in capturing a large share of the MTB market, there’s a great opportunity here. Currently, many local and regional mountain bikers wishing to travel to a dedicated MTB area take their travel dollars up the road to Whistler. If Issaquah were to develop themselves as a destination location, there is the potential to reap some incredible financial benefits to municipal coffers not to mention positive PR for the city.

  2. johnny on October 26th, 2010 9:14 am

    Gosh, don’t we already have a mayor downtown that spends his time thinking about bike riding instead of real issues?

    In this economy I’d love to have my representatives focused on how we can grab more retail business, how we can keep our local businesses alive, etc.

    Maybe someone can educate me on the bags full of money these mountain bikers bring in and drop all over the trails, but I see this as engaging in expensive projects to bring in a small group of mountain bikers.

  3. Berry on October 26th, 2010 12:35 pm


    It’s not so much the ‘bags of money on the trails’ but the bags of money spent pre- and post- rides at resteraunts, bike shops and more. Having participated in several rides many groups meet either pre-ride (to fuel up) or post-ride (to share stories and a brew). REI and the bike shop(s) might benefit from those last minute parts runs (e.g. tubes, etc.)

    Just a thought.

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