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developing a mountain mup

Old 04-18-09, 06:46 PM
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developing a mountain mup

I live in Alaska right now, and as far as I can tell theres not much great riding around. I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts about cities or states developing mountainous mup's. It could be a good way to attract cycle tourists, there certainly isn't a shortage of good mountain terrain close to Anchorage, nor is there a shortage of people willing to come to Alaska just to visit. Could also be away to attract some major races.
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Mountain bikers will build the trail. Then walkers/ hikers/ joggers and even horses will start using it. That's fine for a MUP. When the walkers/ hikers/ joggers and horse riders start complaining that those mountain bikers are too dangerous and people are getting hit, YOU WILL BE KICK'D OFF THE TRAIL THAT YOU BUILT!!! I have seen it happen. Keep it bikes only from the get go. Even with that, it still happens.
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I meant more along the lines of a paved MUP
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Originally Posted by sneekyjesus View Post
I meant more along the lines of a paved MUP
I'm guessing it would be insanely expensive because you'd have to make some level ground for the MUP. Rail-trails and flat urban MUPs are easier because you just need to throw down some pavement and make sure the intersections are safe.
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I'm sure that Sarah will be very happy to pay for a MUP to nowhere.
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Anchorage? I lived there, there are plenty of good trails, paved MUPs and otherwise. Anchorage has one of the best systems of trails, paved and not paved, in the country, certainly best of all the cities I have lived in, and I have lived in a lot. Check out Bicentennial park, you can ride right up into the Chugach mountains. I don't remember which trails allow what kind of traffic, and which are paved, but there are plenty. No paved MUPs into the mountains as I recall. I doubt you could make that work.
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Originally Posted by sneekyjesus View Post
I meant more along the lines of a paved MUP
A paved MUP through the mountains = $$$$$$$$$$$$
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Your best bet is buying an old, no longer used service road from a military base or logging/mining site, etc. Or, sometimes public highway sare abandoned when parallel freeways are built, so the old highway can be converted to recreation use.
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