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Mountain-bike club reclaims a wasteland
Week by week for the past 18 months, a band of local mountain bikers has turned a dark and scary concrete-covered urban dead zone -- where perhaps the most popular activities were shooting drugs or chugging cheap wine -- into a place where regular people actually might want to go.
Members of the Backcountry Bicycle Trails Club are carving out an urban mountain-bike course at one of Seattle's newest parks, I-5 Colonnade, which opened late in 2005 under the freeway in the Eastlake neighborhood.
It's not finished, even after about 4,500 hours of work, but riders are already showing up to bounce through the rolling "whoops" of a pump track, ride the length of several narrow logs, hop boulders and twist through the tight curves of a cross-country course.
The BBTC envisions the park as a showcase, a model for urban mountain-bike facilities. It will offer only 1.5 miles of trails, but will be packed with a wide range of technical features as a "progression park," where riders can improve their bike-handling skills. Many features are in place, and the club is inviting riders to come and jam.
"We're building this for people to come and ride," says Tuftee. "In our broader vision, we'd like this to be one stop on the way to other opportunities. We want to create a community asset. We're taking care to make sure it's aesthetically pleasing and doesn't conflict with other uses."
The park's sloping landscape has been terraced with rockery to create several hundred yards -- so far -- of a cross-country trail, and the club is now working hard to complete a stone commons areas by the end of March.