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Friends of Pathways Asks the Candidates: Bike Share

Do you support Bike Share as a program of START? Will you fund a Bike Share program in the 2017/18 Budget?


Candidates for Mayor

sara-flitnerSara Flitner: 

I led the charge to get us over the hump on Bike Share, in part because the County was so generous with their capital support for the Bike Share infrastructure. Our collaborations prove effective for the community, and I am proud of our positive working relationship and their help. Data suggests that that transit ridership makes a significant jump when there is a way for riders to get “the last mile” from the bus stop to work or the store or their final destination. I know I loved jumping on the bikes during the pilot program because it was fun and easy. It really helped keep me from the temptation of jumping in my car.

pete-muldoonPete Muldoon: 

I absolutely support it, and it’s one of the planks in my campaign platform. I believe that we need to do everything we can to make biking and walking easier and more attractive to tourists and locals alike. I’ve seen the effects of bike culture first-hand in places like Amsterdam, and it’s amazing what a difference it can make.

 


Candidates for Town Council

jessica-chambersJessica Chambers:

I’d rather see the town sponsoring bikes for community members, like what the Town Hall does in Bordeaux France. However, I fully support bikeshare programs – they are wonderful  – for visitors especially. We used the bike share in Philadelphia this summer getting to and from the DNC; it was great cruising past all of the car traffic. But other infrastructure pieces must be in place. As for funding a bike share program in the 2017/18 budget – that will depend on what our revenue situation looks like at that point in time. We have a growing list of issues that need to be tackled and progress on those issues will determine funding priorities in the future, as well as dwindling state budgets. It’s unlikely a bike share program would generate revenue; I believe New York City’s bike share program is through a public-private partnership with no funding from the city, and the private company is running it in the red. In short, we’ve got bigger fish to fry at this point in time.

judd-grossmanJudd Grossman:

I support the concept of Bike Share, but I’m not yet convinced that it’s a good return on investment. I need to see more information regarding how many people will use it versus the cost to the taxpayer.

 

 

haileyHailey Morton Levinson:

I do support a Bike Share and have voted in favor. I will continue to support so that we can get the program going and see the impact it makes for our community.

 

 

jim-stanfordJim Stanford:

Yes, I voted to approve the bike share pilot program in partnership with Friends of Pathways and voted recently to approve funding for bike share to begin in spring 2017. I will continue to look closely at costs and revenue generated (at this point we are relying on estimates), but given the level of capital invested, I’m willing to support the service into fiscal year 2018 and see how much the public uses it.

 


Candidates for County Commission

treyTrey Davis:

I do support Bike Share as a program of START and will support funding for this program.

 

 

 

Greg Epstein:greg

I do support a bike share program that would be under the START umbrella or under the proposed transportation authority. If elected, I would support funding for Bike Share in the 2017/18 budget.

 

 

nikkiNikki Gill:

I love bike share programs. I think they work really well. As mentioned above, I will apply the test of can we afford it and will it help. In response to the second part of my test, I think this program does help. I applaud the town and county for the pilot program they have now for their employees. Most of the bikes are repurposed, they are safe and work great for trip reduction. I am absolutely open to a community-wide bike share program. I hope to forge partnerships in developing such a program with groups like Friends of Pathways and others. Whether such a program is funded in the FY17/18 budget will be driven by whether we can afford it within the context of the budget and whether other commissioners see the value in a bike share program that I do.

nataliaNatalia Macker:

I have been and will continue to be supportive of the Bike Share program. We need to find a sustainable solution for funding, and I look forward to having the conversation when we enter budget discussions.

 

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Friends of Pathways Asks the Candidates: Last Time on a Bike

When was the last time you rode a bike, and where?


Candidates for Mayor

sara-flitnerSara Flitner: 

I got a great ride in during last week’s sunny weather, from my house out towards  the Village. As far as errands go, I use my cruiser a lot…I would use it less if I remembered to buy the gallon of milk when I was picking up the bread! I live close to the store and on a great pathway, so it’s not much of an inconvenience, more a chance to enjoy fresh air and all the great work of Pathways!

pete-muldoonPete Muldoon: 

I rode over to Lucky’s this morning. I try to ride in town as much as possible (I have a bike trailer for groceries), and I mountain bike as well.

 

 


Candidates for Town Council

jessica-chambersJessica Chambers:

I rode my pink granny bike with my son’s empty front child seat, to see Terry Tempest Williams at SH/FT at the Center for the Arts – talk about an inspirational evening; highlights: we need to learn to speak the language of ‘we’ and we need to put people before profit. A lot to think about on the bike ride home…

 

judd-grossmanJudd Grossman:

I don’t bike, but I longboard downtown on most days to run errands.

 

 

 

haileyHailey Morton Levinson:

I rode my bike to the last People’s Market a few weeks ago. I rode with my husband and our son, Ari, who is really excited about his chariot!

 

 

jim-stanfordJim Stanford:

I rode my bike around South Park Loop yesterday evening for a beautiful fall tour. The route went from east Jackson along the Snow King Avenue bike lane to the Garaman Path, and then around the pathway network by the schools to 3 Creek, Melody Ranch and south Highway 89. It was great to see the progress on the new Melody Ranch portion. I have walked or biked to nearly every Town Council meeting in the last four years.

 


Candidates for County Commission

treyTrey Davis:

In September, my wife, kids and I rode our bikes on the Pathways on South Highway 89. We frequently use that route to access the schools, parks supermarket and to ride into Town from Rafter J.

 

 

gregGreg Epstein:

I ride my bike often. Most recently I commuted from Melody Ranch to Wilson and back for work.

 

 

nikkiNikki Gill:

The last time I rode my bike was this past week to grab coffee at Cowboy Coffee – and to say hi to my husband.

 

 

nataliaNatalia Macker:

Yesterday! My husband and I carpool from the Hoback Junction as much as possible, and I keep a bike in town to use to get around during the week.

 

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Trail Conditions for 9-8-16

We are working to finish the last 2 miles of the Skyline Trail.  We are working downhill towards the Game Creek Trail narrowing the wide bench that the trail machine built to support itself.  This involves pulling down the backslope to prevent erosion, slightly outsloping the tread and making it 18 inches wide, and raking away the excess dirt on the downhill edge to allow snow and water to drain off the trail and to allow any vegetation covered up to regrow more quickly.  Crews will be working throughout the fall and into next spring to complete this project.

 

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BIKE SHARE NEWS!

 

Big News on the FOP-front today! Last night the Jackson Town Councilors voted big thumbs up for Bike Share.

Read All About It in the Jackson Hole News & Guide HERE

‘The Jackson bike share program became fully funded Tuesday night.

During its semimonthly meeting the Town Council unanimously agreed to provide $22,558 to help fund the project’s operational budget for the first year. Friends of Pathways also contributed $18,000.

The program will kick off in April and run through the end of June. After a truncated first year the program is expected to expand in 2018 and run for the entire summer.

“We needed the money to pull the trigger and begin operations next spring,” Katherine Dowson, executive director of Friends of Pathways, told the News&Guide. “We want to thank the Town Council, county commissioners and mayor for their incredible leadership. Bike share could have big impacts for Jackson in terms of traffic congestionREAD MORE

 

 

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Old Bill’s Fun Run 2016

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IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN…TIME TO SHOW YOUR LOVE FOR TRAILS AND PATHWAYS KNOWING THAT…

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Here’s a little glance at just some of the ways Friends of Pathways has committed to supporting a vibrant community –

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Promoting sustainable transportation and healthy recreation in Jackson Hole. Thank you for making an Old Bill’s Donation to Friends of Pathways via Old Bills!

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Skyline Trail Connected, not Finished

After a ton of hard work by everyone involved the crews made a rough connection on the Skyline Trail this week.  I emphasize rough!  The trail is passable and we encourage people to go explore it but to heed all closures and instruction by the crews working on the trail.  There are several switchbacks where crews could roll debris onto the trail below and when they are working the trail may not be passable so plan that into your outings.  Know that crews will be continuing to work into the fall to cut the backslope, rake the outslope, and narrow and improve the tread.  The photo above illustrates the full bench cut the trail machine made so it didn’t roll down the side of the mountain and as he works his way back the machine and handcrews will be improving the backslope and slightly outsloping the trail for better drainage.  Both of these will narrow the tread behind the machine and we will end up with a nice singletrack trail.  Thanks to everyone who has helped so far and feel free to stop while you’re out there and help the crews for a few minutes, I hear they also love cookies…

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How-To-Teton-Food-Tour

Got a case of the Mondays? Here’s a little social planning to lift the spirits – and with the drink-aspect of the Teton Food Tour- we’re talking about lifting said ‘spirit’ in more ways than one. Did someone say Snake River Beer?

The Teton Food Tour is an annual pedal-powered, food-focused event bringing the best of local bites to the six-mile stretch between the wider-Wilson area (kicking off at the R Park) traveling all the way to Teton Village and the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The entire event technically takes place over several hours 1 pm to 5 pm to be exact, yet depending on how you bike, it can be as speedy or lengthy as you plan.

Here’s a snapshot of what to expect on August 21 from start to finish including a “how-to” of suggestions for getting the most bang for your belly and buck.

TIPS: How-To’s, Do’s & Don’ts (in somewhat, or no, chronological order): 

DO: Get Started Early. Those who choose to show up on-time will be the first to take a bite out of everything but bare in mind that if you get there too early – to Bodega- for instance- the 5th of 6th stops- the fast bikers may find that they’re sitting and waiting.

DON’T: Finish the tour too early. Remember, we value taking it sloooooow, this is co-sponsored by Slow Food of the Tetons after all. Some of the food, the kind that melts- is worth waiting for and won’t even be available until after 3 pm in Teton Village.

HOW TO: Make the most of the day-into-evening? There’s a party going on in Teton Village Sunday, August 21st too, so plan ahead. After visiting The Local Butcher at Spackman & Associates in Wilson, stopping at The Aspens Market and lingering at the spectacular stage that is Shooting Star/Snake River Ranch with Moe’s, and before blowing it out at Bodega with bites of Fine Dining Restaurant Groups latest brainchild – baby Fried Chicken Sandwiches anyone?- allow for two added treats courtesy of Teton Village Association that could take care of you for the rest of the night. The 6th and final stop above the Commons is serving up little ice cream sandwiches followed by a rocking concert – one of the last in a summer series.

DO: Buy your ticket in advance online. There may not be any left day of!

How To SKIP all this reading and get to the goods? For the best Sunday ever-ride your bike from the R-Park to Teton Village between 1-4 pm- post up and continue to sample from 4-5, dance it all off at Concert on the Commons to the tunes of The Fruit Bats and Stormy Georjan and the Watters.

 

 

 

 

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Ferrin’s Trail

You may have noticed some trail names and junctions changing in Cache Creek this summer.  This is part of a larger signage project Friends of Pathways is working on with the Bridger-Teton National Forest.  One of the first parts of the process was to simplify trail names, especially connector trails, and to consolidate dog leg trail junctions into simple 4 way junctions.  With help from volunteers from STIO and Lillard Flyfishing over last weekend we were able to finish one of these reroutes on the Ferrins/Hagen/River trail junction.  If you take a look at the map above you can see the old names and alignment and the new, the main difference being bringing the River to Hagen Connector Trail and the Tiny Hagen trail together at 1 junction and renaming all of this the Ferrin’s Trail.  We did this for 2 reasons, one being the surplus of trails with Hagen in the name (Hagen, Hagen Highway, Hagen River, Tiny Hagen) and the other being that Ferrins is one of the more popular trails and finding it was difficult as it used to start miles up from the trailhead through a combination of junctions.  So get out for a hike or bike and try out the “new” 3.36 mile Ferrin’s Trail.

Teton Food Tour August 21, 2016

Back By Popular Belly Demand!

Teton Food Tour 2016 is coming!  Mark your calendars for August 21, 1-5pm. Make an entire afternoon-into-evening of it and stay for Teton Village’s Concert on the Commons featuring The Fruit Bats! 

Teton Food Tour, brought to you by Aspen’s MarketSpackman & Associates and Teton Village Association, features our pathways system, local food and open space from R Park to Teton Village at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Leisurely, cruise the 6- mile pathway along the Moose-Wilson Road, while stopping along the way to enjoy small plates, artists, music and open space.

Dishes will be provided by the Aspens Market, Cream & SugarFine Dining’s BodegaThe Local Butcher, and Moe’s Original Bar B Que.

Organized by Friends of Pathways and Slow Food in the Tetons

With a special site sponsored by Jackson Hole Land Trust and View22 JH!

$30 TICKETS GETS YOU 6+ SMALL PLATES SAMPLED ALONG THE BEAUTIFUL BYWAYS OF WILSON TO TETON VILLAGE. GRAB YOUR TICKET TODAY – 300-ONLY & THEY’RE BOUND TO GO FAST! 

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Youth Trail Crew Update

The Friends of Pathways Youth Trail Crew has been hard at work this summer on projects on around the Bridge-Teton National Forest.  They have installed several dozen rock steps and drainage features on Josie’s Ridge and the Woods Canyon trails, built the new Nelson Knoll trail and installed a new bench at the overlook, improved the Ski Lake trail above the lake to the ridge line, dug parts of the new Skyline Trail, pulled weeds in Game Creek, mapped weeds and trail problems on the East Table Creek trail, moved several tons of gravel to turnpikes on the Big Rocks trail, and cleaned hundreds of drainage features and improved line of sight on almost all of the trails in the front country system.  A big thanks to them for their hard work and to Mountain Khakis for supplying them all with uniforms for the summer.  Look for them out on the trails!

FOLLOW THE YOUTH TRAIL CREW! @FriendsOfPathways on Instragram We’ll Be Taking An In-Depth Look at the #YouthTrailCrew During Their Last Week of the Summer!

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