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Questions & Answers

What is a "Singletrack" Trail?

Singletrack trails are low-impact trails that consist of local dirt, sediments, and terrain features found in the immediate vicinity of the trail. Singletrack trails tend to wind around obstacles such as trees, large rocks, and bushes. Singletrack trails typically blend into the surrounding environment and have a very small footprint in terms of both the amount of space occupied and the actual ecological impact.

 
 
Benefits of a Mountain Bike Park
  • Promotes healthy, active, outdoor recreation:

    • Getting outside isn’t just fun. It’s essential to our well-being. Countless studies show that both exercise and spending time outdoors help promote physical and mental health. Access to singletrack trails in WCBP will help community members to engage in activities that contribute positively to their health and quality of life.

 

  • Practice/Trailing Location for local Mountain Bike Teams

 

  • Low Ecological Impact:

    • Singletrack trails are an intentionally-designed immersive experience in nature. A key purpose of these trails is to provide access to the beauty of nature. Additionally, singletrack trails can help improve the ecological health of natural public areas by providing greater access to hard-to-reach areas and allow public employees and volunteers to remove invasive plant species.

 

  • Small footprint:

    • Singletrack trails tend to wind around on themselves, which allows for a substantial amount of recreational trail within relatively small areas.

 

  • Utilize Existing Assets:

    • The natural areas within WCBP are a natural getaway in a community that is seeing ever expanding development. These areas are a great asset to the community and will become even more important as Williamson County continues to grow. Currently, without trails to access these areas, they are difficult to fully appreciate and represent an under-utilized asset to the community.

 

  • Lower Crime:

    • Unused space in a community can serve as a haven for illicit activities. The installation of trails draws unwanted attention to those conducting illicit activities and often causes them to pursue their activities elsewhere. Many communities find that by building recreational trails through urban/suburban woodlands, they bring more people into the woods, and reduce the amount of undesirable and illicit activities that occur in those areas.

 

  • Year-round accessibility:

    • The growing popularity of “fatbikes” (a.k.a.“snowbikes”) has been one of the most important trends in cycling during the past two years. Fatbikes are specialty mountain bikes that utilize extra-large (4 to 5 inch wide) tires with very low air pressure (appx 10 psi) to increase the surface area of the tires and provide floatation over snow. The extra-wide tires of fatbikes act similar to snowshoes and allow off-road cyclists to enjoy their sport through the “snowy” winter months