If you build it..they will come. We want Crowsnest Pass to become a premier mountain bike destinations and along with that bring economic and social benefits that spill over into the community. Mountain bikers have an impact on local businesses when they travel to a mountain biking recreation area, this includes: accommodations, travel expenses, food, as well as mountain bike expenses. UROC has been building trails and creating riding opportunities and events for over a decade. Year over year we see an increase in trail usage from locals and visitors. People plan multi day trips, stay in local accommodations, shop at the local grocery store, eat at the local restaurants, and pick up whatever gear they need along the way at local stores.
Mountain biking promotes an active healthy lifestyle. With the rise in sedentary lifestyles and obesity in society today, mountain biking provides another method for people to engage in physical activity while enjoying nature. Statistics Canada indicates only 15% of Canadians are participating in the 30 minutes per day or 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous physical activity. A mountain bike ride can range from 30 minutes to several hours.
There is a great cross-over with mountain biking and trail running. Mountain bike trails also provide an area to recreate for trail runners and hikers.
Here are some comments of local businesses and trail users: