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Wapehani / Re: Wapahani dam removal is complete...what now??
« on: January 12, 2019, 02:03:31 PM »
Another thing, Adam, I feel you are being a little too critical of the city parks' very part-time trail builder.  In fact, he is the moderator of this Wapahani forum.  He has improved it greatly the past six years with what little budget he had - part-time, a few rhinos, maybe a chainsaw, and a few volunteers.  He in fact has built professional mountain bike trails in Michigan and Kentucky that I know of.

Wapehani / Re: Wapahani dam removal is complete...what now??
« on: January 11, 2019, 08:31:13 PM »
I bet BBC would be interested in helping out.  More and more mountain bikers are in the club.  A lot of them belong to HMBA and help out in Yellowwood.
Does everyone know that the eastern part of Wapahani, which I call Fern Gully, is not owned by the city?  A conglomerate owns it for post-I-69 future development.
I'm hoping that when Sudbury Parcel gets developed and there will be a multi-use trail (Powerline Trail) built to connect Switchyard, RCA Park, and Wapahani, that Wapahani will be more popular.
So, if I go out there after it snows tomorrow, I won't get arrested for trespassing?

Yellowwood State Forest / Re: Trail Building 12/12
« on: December 16, 2015, 12:01:42 PM »
For any future trail work on Yellowwood, make sure to put the dates and times on the bbc mtb google group list serve.  Plenty potential help out there.
Jim Schroeder

Now that riders from Brown County and BBC are starting to ride Yellowwood, I thought it would be appropriate to get comments, etc to Allen E and HMBA. 
About a dozen of us rode the NW area starting at the Handicapped Parking Lot on Crooked Creek Rd.  We tackled Lucas Hollow first in a clockwise direction (probably tougher than CCW).  At the farthest southern bend, there is a sign to go right, but then there is a spot where a less visible narrow single track goes left and a wider track goes straight.  The HMBA trail goes left, but there is not a sign there.  Half of us went straight and then had to backtrack. We need a signpost there.

That return stretch clockwise was tough and the rocky dips were quite dippy if you know what I mean.  Most of us did a lot of walking.  There was one hill that was steeper than Jack Ass Hill!  Quite challenging. 

We then went east of the trailhead and headed on Miller Ridge to Crooked Creek Dam.  There's lots of other trails to explore, i.e. CCDT.  I assume that we can ride on those and they all end up at Crooked Creek Dam.

A few of the party thought the 14 miles wouldn't be enough.  Oh, contrare'...

Jim Schroeder

Yellowwood State Forest / Re: Crooked Creek Work Weekend 1/10 & 1/11
« on: January 08, 2015, 08:51:45 PM »
A few of us from BBC will be there.

I've put January 10 and 11 in the Bloomington Bicycle Club Ride Calendar.  I'm available that weekend and I'm sure there'll be more of BBC there.  If any of you out of towners would want to sleep in a real bed and shower, etc, I'm sure that a few of us BBC'rs would be gracious hosts.

Wapehani / Re: West 2nd Street Bikepath
« on: October 28, 2014, 11:15:31 AM »
I got a reply for Tom Micuda, City Plannning Dept, and he says that the bike path on 2nd St is indeed still in the works for 2015. Now all we need is Basswood to have bike lanes.  So, we need this push from all in Bloomington.  Monroe County has agreed in spirit of BBC's plans for connectivity to the bridge site.  County Planning Department has suggested pursuing a path between Coca-Cola and Author House.  We would then have connectivity for INDOT to proceed.


Will the traffic light at Twin Lakes include a left turn lane and/or signal onto Weimer Rd?

Wapehani / West 2nd Street Bikepath
« on: October 20, 2014, 02:06:11 PM »
The Bloomington Bicycle Club has been promoting a bicycle/pedestrian bridge over IN37(I69) for the past ten years and are seriously lobbying for it to city,county,and state officials.  Amazing that this was not included in section 5 planning, but I think it had a lot to do with the city-state feud.  Last March or April, Tom Micuda, Bloomington City Planning, told everyone at our lobbying roundtable that a bicycle path on the north side of W Second Street was to be started in 2015.  I have heard nothing of this in the local paper.  The BBC then desires a connector path from Twin-Lakes to the bridge site or bike lanes from 2nd St to Basswood.  This 2nd Street bike path could also connect IU and downtown to Wapahani more easily.

Kevin M: Have you heard anything on this?

Wapehani / Land between RCA park and Wapahani
« on: January 06, 2013, 01:30:39 PM »
I've often wondered about this parcel when I head to Wapahani.   I ride from Hillside across the rail yards and across the B-line  to RCA park to Summit school to the mill to Wapahani.  What does the city have planned for that farmstead in the middle of the city?  I would love to see a rustic Multi-use path connecting those two parks along the creek or ditch to Weimer. Note: I don't trespass on this or other private lands.

Wapehani / Re: Mill Creek Tech Park
« on: January 06, 2013, 01:20:15 PM »
As long as Hoosier Energy is aware of us neighbors up north, and that we are not renegade mountain dew drinking kids "trespassing", I don't see a problem.  We actually should instill a good relationship with them.  Many bike paths have been constructed on "energy" corridors or right-a-ways.

Wapehani / Re: I69 and Wapehani
« on: January 06, 2013, 01:13:07 PM »
I did not go to the public forum, but had friends there.  I also didn't realize 12 more homes would be destroyed from alt 7 to alt 8.  As I earlier said, procurement of the eastern PIC section , aka Fern Gully, would be a good trade-off for the loss of land on the west side.  Thank you, Paul, for drafting a response from HMBA.

Wapehani / Re: I69 and Wapehani
« on: December 06, 2012, 04:40:48 PM »
Preferred Alternative 8 looks like a winner to me.  INDOT needs to be applauded for accommodating Monroe County and Bloomington.  They definitely did their homework with comments on the previous 7  alternatives.  One could compare Alternative 8 to Preparation H (eighth letter in the alphabet)!

Wapehani / Re: I69 and Wapehani
« on: December 05, 2012, 11:55:13 AM »
I just got done trying to skim over those 1800 pages, and studying section 5B.  Regarding West Wapahani I thought an access road was like a frontage road, and it is not.  In order to keep some Bloomington traffic off of I-69, and the new plans for Tapp Rd (4 lane east west arteriole), there will be a large and lengthy interchange spanning from Tapp Rd all the way to Bloomfield Pike (SR45).  In addition to the 6 lanes of I-69, there will be two southbound lanes west and beside I-69, and two northbound lanes east and beside I-69.  A good visual comparison would be like I-465 in Indy on the northeast side and the Shadeland/56th St exit.
So, what kind of compensation will the city be getting for taking some of west Wapahani and draining the lake?  Monetary or will there be land trade-off?  Would the city think of the Weimer Rd turned cement bike trail be a good trade-off.  I feel the compensation should be to the mountain bike community since we are the ones losing the land.  How about the PIC land as the trade-off.  Let's see if those community leaders turned real estate profiteers will agree.
Thanks Kevin for informing us.  I let the BBC know about this, although most of their energies are on the "bicycle" bridge (I told them to stop calling it a bicycle bridge to gain more community support) at Menards.
See you on Thursday night at the fairgrounds.

Wapehani / Re: I69 and Wapehani
« on: December 02, 2012, 11:36:53 AM »
I'll try to make it on the public forum.  The graphic I have from the newspaper is alternative 8.  I thought that was the final decided upon route.  In studying that, they have an access road between Tapp Rd and Bloomfield Pike, but both are interchanges.  Why an access road between two interchanges.  That's stupid and a waste of money to build an access road, and most important would affect Wapahani.

Wapehani / Re: Wapehani- Trail work and improvements
« on: November 29, 2010, 12:36:13 PM »
Could any of you post a map with all of the descriptive titles of all the spots or areas you refer too? I've got my own, but I'd like to get on track with the official names so I understand what y'all are talking about.

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