The Summit County Recreational Pathway system will soon have new signage to enhance safety and navigation for cyclists and other users along the 55-plus miles of paved trails.
The improvements, including mile markers, kiosks and directional signage, will be funded in part by a $30,000 grant from Summit Biking Inc., a nonprofit that works to enhance cycling in Summit County.
The signage installations are scheduled to be completed by fall 2014.
The intersection of the recpath with Marina Road in Frisco will be designated as Mile 0.0.
The initiative is part of a larger collaboration between the Summit County Open Space and Trails Department and the county’s emergency medical services agencies. Mile markers will make accident locations easier to identify and relay to EMS agencies for faster response times.
Signs also will help path users identify distances traveled and landmarks along the way. Along with mileage information, decals with logos will be posted on the mile markers to identify the managing agency in each location.
Local jurisdictions that maintain portions of the pathway system identified five main routes, based on a “hub and spoke” configuration. The loop around Dillon Reservoir serves as the hub, with four spokes leading to Keystone, Breckenridge, Silverthorne and Copper Mountain/Vail Pass.
Summit Biking was founded in 2005. The organization’s primary fundraising source, in coordination with Avalanche Physical Therapy, is the annual Circle the Summit Bob Guthrie Memorial Ride, which the group organizes.
Summit County and its partner agencies rely heavily on grant funding to assist with recpath enhancement projects. Matching funds for the Summit Biking grant were provided by Summit County government, the towns of Breckenridge and Silverthorne and the Dillon Reservoir Recreation Committee (DRReC).
Partners in the signage project include the towns of Dillon, Frisco, Silverthorne and Breckenridge; Keystone Resort; and DRReC, which comprises Summit County, the towns of Dillon and Frisco, the U.S. Forest Service and Denver Water.
For information, contact Katie Kent at the Summit County Open Space and Trails Department at (970) 668-4092 or email@example.com.