KYMBA Best Practices for Trail Building


 Best practices for trail building and maintenance

 It is with great pleasure that we can report that the Veterans  Park trail project moves forward.  KYMBA has been working with the city of Lexingtons Parks and Recreation on creative solutions to make the new trail a reality.  In a plan developed, in collaboration with local KYMBA members and Parks and Recreation officials, it was agreed that a hybrid model of trail building would get the job done.

The Bluegrass Chapter of the KY Mountain Bike Association agreed to:

  • Plan the layout
  • Flag the trail location
  • Perform the manual labor of clearing the corridor.
  • Complete the manual hand finishing work to the trail.

The city agreed to hire a professional trail builder who would:

  • Assist and advise KyMBA volunteers with the trail layout
  • Bench cut the tread with an approved trail building machine
  • Compact the surface of the trail tread with a mechanical compactor.

In October the city took bids from trail building contractors.   Pedal the Planet Outdoor Services (affiliated with Pedal the Planet Bike Shop) was contracted by the city to perform the mechanized trail building.

Hands on with the IMBA- Subaru trail crew


KyMBA kicked off the project in late October with a planned visit from the International Mountain Bicycling Associations Subaru Trail Crew.   Several special events were held to prepare the volunteers and land managers for the project.

  • Special land managers training
  • IMBA-Subaru trail building school
  • Hands on trail building exercise on site with the IMBA- Subaru trail crew

KyMBA volunteers began working on the new trail that weekend.  As of December the primary loop is near completion with corridor work well underway on the secondary  loop.  KyMBA members and nonmembers  are always welcome to attend volunteer work days.  Trail work days are advertised on the KyMBA Facebook page.

KyMBA membership supports all local trail initiatives for all human powered trail users. Your membership in  KyMBA supports local trails in many ways:

  • KyMBA is an organization that represents a unified body of trail users.
  • KyMBA works with land managers and public officials to the benefit of various trail users such as runners, hikers, and mountain bikers.
  • Land managers always ask how many people are represented.

Don’t be a nameless countless trail user.  Please consider joining today.