#RideonResearch group ride on the new buffered bike lanes Oct. 8.
Governor show support for Ring the Peak Trail.
“Same Tree, Different Day” Oct 7.
Friday night cycling social Oct 7.
“Single Track High” Oct 7.
Fossil Day Celebration at GOG Oct 8.
Volunteer projects, news and events.

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Oct 8, 11 am, ride the new buffered bike lanes on Research.
Saturday, Oct. 8 at 11 a.m.
Begins and ends at Children’s Colorado Urgent Care.

The easiest way to find it is to put 4025 Family Place (YMCA) in your navigation app; the Children’s Colorado Urgent Care parking lot is on Family Place across the street from the YMCA.
The City of Colorado Springs installed demonstration buffered bike lanes on Research Pkwy between Chapel Hills Dr and Austin Bluffs. With Research Pkwy scheduled for repaving next year this is a great opportunity to test out how this can create a safe east-west corridor for cyclists on the north side of town.
The three-mile ride starts and ends at Children’s Colorado Urgent Care with a stop at the Union Town Center (Union/Research) for fun, food and celebration!
Special giveaways for young riders. Great deals on ice cream, pizza and drinks.
Here’s the Facebook event page.
Tell us what you think: Take the survey.

Gov. Hickenlooper all in for Ring the Peak

Gov. John Hickenlooper made a trip to our area to show support for the Ring the Peak Trail, one of his “16 in ’16” priority trails.

The Governor was making the rounds of the priority trails to find out what progress has been made and what remains to be done. He met with Colorado Springs and El Paso County Parks, the US Forest Service, Friends of the Peak, Trails and Open Space Coalition and other partners on October 3, finishing his time in the area with a visit to Ute Pass Elementary School, where children turned out on bikes by the dozen.

The Governor showed his strong support for finishing the loop around Pikes Peak, and his vision of the benefits that will come to the region with its completion. He said, “Once this Ring the Peak (trail) is done, it will be a national and, ultimately, an international destination.”

The Trails and Open Space Coalition and Friends of the Peak have submitted a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Planning Grant request for $100,000 for planning the Ring the Peak Trail alignment across the missing segment in the southwest of the ring. Tuesday, Sept 27, the Colorado Springs City Council approved sponsoring the Grant.
We anticipate hiring a trail planning consultant to assist us in locating a trail across the multi-jurisdictional lands in the Cripple Creek and Victor area.  We will know by December 2, 2016 if we are awarded the Grant. If we are awarded the grant, the planning process should take about six to eight months.

Ring the Peak Trail Overview

Register now for the Waldo Waldo 5K Oct 22.

Join thousands of Waldos and Wendas in downtown Colorado Springs this October 22 for the Waldo Waldo 5K, a family-friendly walk and fun run fundraiser. Registration comes with a “Where’s Waldo” costume kit and the money raised supports the Trails and Open Space Coalition and RMFI.
Register at this link.

Upcoming Volunteer Events
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Have some time? Get out and help make a difference!
This Week:

Friends and Partner News.

Same Tree Different Day–First Friday at CONO!
Fri, Oct 7, 5 pm.
Council of Neighbors and Organizations, 309 S Cascade
Colorado Springs photographer and founder of the Colorado Photography Learning Group, Mike Pach, photographed a hackberry tree behind his home every day for a year. He soon recognized that this exercise in creativity was becoming a metaphor for life. His multi-media presentation inspires and enlightens.
Live music by Whiskey Kate from 5-6 pm, and light hors d’oeuvres by Chef Stevie!

First Friday Cycling Social with American Diabetes Associaton & Tessier Bikes
Fri 6-8:30pm Social
8:30-Midnight Dance Party
Bar K, 124 East Costilla
Free to attend!

Facebook event.

Fossil Day at Garden of the Gods 
Visitor and Nature Center
Sat, Oct 8, 10 am – 3 pm
Bring in fossil to ID, presentations and activities for the family.

Movie: “Single Track High”
Friday, Oct 7th, 7pm 
Tim Gill Center for Public Media
315 E Costilla
“Single Track High” follows High School students through the up and downs of life as a High School Student and how riding for Mountain Bikes for their High School team changed their lives.
This film event is a fund raiser for the newly formed Manitou Monsters Middle/High School Mountain Bike Team and to support the Pioneer Park Access Legacy, preserving access to Pioneer Park to and from Friendship Lane. This Access allows kids to Ride their bikes or walk to Holmes Middle School and Coronado High School.

Widefield Park Survey

El Paso County Parks is asking for the public’s input to update the master plan for Widefield Community Park, and citizens are encouraged to participate in a community-wide online survey.

Survey Link.

“Table to Trails” with Salsa Brava, Over Easy, Sonterra Grill

Over Easy, Downtown (above)
and University Village (left)
Just some food pics of the daily specials at Over Easy (yum). Over Easy donates one dollar to the Trails and Open Space Coalition for every special sold!
Now through May 2017, join Salsa Brava, Over Easy and Sonterra Grill in the Table to Trails fundraiser, and $1 from every lunch special sold will go to support the Trails and Open Space Coalition.
These restaurants are locally owned, and use local ingredients when possible. Now they’re taking their local commitment one step further to support our local trails and open spaces.
Enjoy time out with lunch at Salsa Brava, and support TOSC!

Love the trails? Want to see more connections, more bike routes, more care for our parks? Support parks, trails and open spaces!
Enjoy special members-only invitations, hikes, rides and parties!
Give to the Trails and Open Space Coalition’s Annual fund campaign. Your membership supports our important work of preservation and conservation.
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