News July 22, 2015

New bikes lanes just installed on Austin Bluffs called “death trap.”
$2.1 M TABOR override ballot measure for trails on Nov ballot.
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New bike lanes on Austin Bluffs called “Death Trap.”
New bikes lanes installed on Austin Bluffs Boulevard near UCCS are drawing criticism and anger from cyclists.

Bike lanes cross several lanes of traffic on the busy street, hug a concrete barrier, and offer little protection to cyclists.
We continue to be concerned that cyclists cannot get around our city without being subject to considerable danger and inconvenience.

Vote YES for Trails!

The Colorado Springs City Council has voted to put a TABOR refund question on the November 2015 ballot that would mean 2 million dollars for critical trail projects.
This will not begin to address the long list of maintenance needs and capital projects outlined in the recent master plan ($180M). But if passed it will repair key transportation trails like the Greenway, Rock Island, Shooks Run, Sinton and Sand Creek trails.

More info and project list.

Help pull weeds in the park Aug 1.

Is trail work too much for you, but you’d like to help our parks? Come out for a weed-pulling day in Bear Creek Park! With all the rain we’ve been getting, the weed crop is high and ready to seed, so it’s important to get them now.
Saturday, August 1, 9 am – noon, Bear Creek Regional Park
 Find out more, and sign up info here.
Volunteers needed for the ADT Marathon, Half, and Relay.

Pikes Peak Road Runners and the Trails and Open Space Coalition need your help on Labor Day weekend, September 5, 6 and 7. The American Discovery Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, and Kids Runs requires close to 250 volunteers, and serves as a major annual fundraiser for TOSC.
Contact for more information, or find out more on our blog.
Sign up now–Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb Aug 9

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb is both a USA Cycling sanctioned road race, and a Gran Fondo Ride: a timed, non-competitive cycling event that gives cyclists of all abilities a truly unique experience on Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain. All cyclists may participate in the Gran Fondo, including those riding tandems, ellipticals, recumbents, handcycles and unicycles.

All cyclists must pre-register for this event. There is no day-of-event registration.
 Find out more here.

Midland Trail closure postponed.
Permanent closure of the underpass connecting the Midland Trail to ATB Park has been delayed, but only a few weeks. Detour and more info at this link.
Colorado Springs is the only Colorado city with a 30 word limit for a ballot question.
We propose increasing the limit to 100 to better explain future ballot measures.
Public Meeting
Aug 10, 5:30 pm
Manitou Springs City Hall
Provide input on the upcoming Master Plan.
Be aware that all the rain we’ve been having could cause cancellations. Check with the sponsoring organizations for up-to-date information.
July 25 (Sat) 
7 am Elk Park Knoll Trail
8:30 am Red Rock Canyon Open Space
July 26 (Sun)
8:30 am Red Rock Canyon Open Space
July 28 (Tues)
8 am Blodgett Peak Open Space
July 30 (Thurs)
7:45 am Seven Bridges Trail
Aug 1 (Sat)
8 am Palmer Park Work Day
9 am Weed removal in Bear Creek Park
Aug 5 (Wed)
5:30 pm Ute Valley Park Work Day
Member Hikes and Events–save the dates!
Mt Muscoco Member Adventure Hike
All hike dates are on Saturdays, and in the morning, unless otherwise noted. Remember, these adventures and events are for TOSC Members only. Become a member at

July 25-Ute Valley Park hikeUte Valley Park is a popular place for both hiking and biking with many sandstone cliffs and mesas. The National Trails Day Project on June 6 built new trail in the new 200-acres section previously owned by HP. We will hike the new portion of the park, see the changes that have been made and find out about what’s coming up next. More information and signups here.

Signups coming soon:

August 25-Mt. Kineo hike, Cheyenne Cañon

This is a gem of a trail, with lots of scenic beauty, that is very seldom hiked. This is a challenging hike with significant vertical gain. This is an all-day outing.
September 26-Fountain Creek Regional Park “Creek Week” hike and cleanup eventWe’ll hike the Fountain Creek  Regional Trail and visit the Nature Center (recently renovated and expanded).After our short hike, we’ll join in the waterway cleanup with the Fountain Creek Watershed  team.
PARTY-Save the Date-Annual Members Celebration October 22 (Thursday) 6-8 p.m.We are looking forward to treating you to a fun evening out, to sharing our vision for 2016 and thanking you for your support. Let’s celebrate together! This is a free Members’ event.

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