DUST2: Bringing singletrack cycling to Pagosa youth

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Photo courtesy Ken Choat A group of excited Retro Metro Kids prepare to take off on their mountain bikes in downtown Pagosa Springs. Annie Sewell, the program manager of Retro Metro Kids, recently teamed up with local cycling enthusiasts to form a new nonprofit organization that will work toward the construction of singletrack trails in Pagosa Springs. DUST2 is hoping to build a singletrack trail from the elementary to the high school, as well as start Pagosa’s first junior cycling team.
Photo courtesy Ken Choat
A group of excited Retro Metro Kids prepare to take off on their mountain bikes in downtown Pagosa Springs. Annie Sewell, the program manager of Retro Metro Kids, recently teamed up with local cycling enthusiasts to form a new nonprofit organization that will work toward the construction of singletrack trails in Pagosa Springs. DUST2 is hoping to build a singletrack trail from the elementary to the high school, as well as start Pagosa’s first junior cycling team.

A new organization has come to Pagosa Springs with the goal of raising the youth of a community on two wheels.

Developing Urban Single Track and Teams (DUST2) is a registered nonprofit hoping to create a trail system in Pagosa Springs that will allow kids to ride their bikes to school, as well as start Pagosa’s first junior cycling team.

The nonprofit was born out of the Safe Routes to School program called Retro Metro Kids (RMK). RMK formed a year ago when the Archuleta School District (ASD) was awarded a $5,000 education and encouragement grant from Colorado Department of Transportation.

The program’s directive is to encourage the children of Pagosa Springs to walk and ride their bikes to school. However, Annie Sewell, the project manager, quickly realized the lack of sidewalks and trails would be the most significant barrier to realizing this goal.

In June 2015, four members of the Safe Routes to School coalition visited Eagle, Colo., which has become a nationally recognized model for singletrack trails.

In 2012, a citizen-lead coalition proposed the construction of “singletrack sidewalks” in Eagle. The plan was approved, with the first phase of the trails being completed last spring.

Over the course of the next five years, the goal is to connect seven different neighborhoods in town with the two school buildings, as well as the various trailheads.

“You can park downtown and start and finish any ride from the Mountain Pedaler bike shop or Yeti’s Grind coffee shop, and for people who live here, your driveway is your trailhead,” the builder of the trails told Outside Magazine.

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