Bicycling activity is on the rise. The Outdoor Industry Foundation report from 2006 and Delaware’s 2008 SCORP have some very revealing information about bicycle use for active recreation. The White Clay Creek State Park trail counters also show evidence of increased trail use by bikes. As frequent trail users we’re seeing more kids and families riding on the trails. Three bike shops opened in New Castle County Delaware in 2009 bringing the total to nine specialty bicycle shops plus the various big box stores. There are many case studies where communities in the United States that have built great places to ride have seen improved economic growth and health of the population.
Read the comments (pdf) offered to Delaware State Parks by representatives of the mountain biking user group in northern Delaware and Maryland. In addition to members of the Delaware Trail Spinners, comments were solicited from local mountain bikers, regional trail maintenance volunteers, local bicycling industry representatives and the International Mountain Biking Association.