1. Skull Valley Loop Challenge 2014 Success
  2. Meet Josette, Our New Safe Routes to Schools Coordinator
  3. The Latest from the Greenways Trail System
  4. End Notes

Skull Valley Loop Challenge 2014 Success

By: Jim Knaup, President

In the midst of one of the wettest monsoon seasons in recent memory, the 2014 Skull Valley Loop Challenge landed on a weekend with perfect weather. It made for a wonderful day. A hearty group of 228 riders took the challenge this year and experienced the best Prescott has to offer. Big clouds provided shade and added some drama to the great vistas encountered on the 54 mile road course.

Riding 54 miles is one thing. Add over 4,000 feet of elevation change, and you realize the course deserves some real respect. The fastest riders formed a peloton of six or seven and completed the course in two hours and 21 minutes – congratulations on this exceptional time! This was less than half of the time many of you enjoyed. As all of you know, this is not a race, but we clock every rider so you can compare your times from year to year. Some riders simply enjoy the ride and the enjoyment of bicycling is a top priority for Prescott Alternative Transportation (PAT).

The event can only happen with great support from volunteers and the generosity of the local business community. We are especially grateful for this year’s volunteers because with fewer to cover the bases than in previous years, all worked extra hard. Thanks to each and every one of you! You should be proud to have hosted such a well regarded event.

Also well received were this year’s event shirts: with art by Zach Hull printed on a bright green “technical” fabric, they commanded a lot of attention. Operations Manager, Bob McCarty says there is demand for our leftover shirts, so if you missed out or want an extra you’ll want to act fast. He only has size L, XL, and 2XL left, and is selling them for $20.00 if you can pick them up. Otherwise, add $5.75 for shipping. Call the PAT office at 928-708-0911 to secure yours.

So now we can look ahead to next year’s ride. We always shoot for the third Sunday in September, so the 2015 Skull Valley Loop Challenge should fall on September 20th. Planning will get started before the end of this year, so if you want to get involved organizing a great event that has a positive community impact, send an email to: loopride{at}prescottbiked.org and let us know how you can help!

Thanks so much to everyone who made this year’s ride such a great success!

Meet Josette, Our New Safe Routes to Schools Coordinator

Readers will remember our article in our last e-newsletter calling for applications for this job opening. It is our great pleasure to introduce you to our new Safe Routes to Schools Coordinator, Josette Kubin. We asked her to type up a bit about herself and her impressions of the job so far. So, without further ado, here is Josette:

What an amazing opportunity to be a part of such a forward-thinking community of outdoor enthusiasts who are passionate about this town and their mission! I’m looking forward to working alongside Prescott Alternative Transportation, its director, board and volunteers as the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) coordinator.

I moved to Prescott in 1993 straight from Cal State Fullerton where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication/Journalism with a Political Science Minor. I jumped into newspaper reporting here at The Daily Courier and covered the fast-growing town of Prescott Valley. I attended far too many meetings for almost four years! But I did get to meet a lot of people – community leaders, officials and just plain good folks – during my time as a reporter and that was a gift!

Since my reporter days I ran our family-owned real estate appraisal business for ten years. In 2009 I went on to try my hand at entrepreneurship and opened a retail store I called Green Monkey. By the name of it you can tell I’m passionate about the environment, conservation and preservation. I even started the recycling program at my children’s school – Taylor Hicks Elementary.

In just the two short weeks I’ve been on board as SRTS coordinator I’ve been able to gauge the
incredible potential of this organization. Prescott is the perfect environment for programs like PAT’s, both geographically – with almost endless days of sunshine and mild temperatures – and for the high number of potential volunteers.

I’d like to reach more of these volunteers for the Safe Routes to Schools program so we can seek ways to expand and get more participation from schools in Prescott Valley as well as our growing number of charter schools, if it fits within our budgetary parameters. Naturally it is a goal of mine to strengthen our budget by actively seeking more grant and fundraising

Also, I’m excited to bring more exposure to PAT and get this city more familiar with its name, mission, achievements and future goals. SRTS is an important component of PAT and I’m excited about its potential! Please feel free to shoot me an email if you have questions or feedback!

Josette Kubin
SRTS Coordinator

The Latest from the Greenways Trail System

As longtime PAT supporters know, the Prescott Greenways Trail was the very first project we tackled as an organization. Back in 1997, our founding year, our board and members assembled in multiple meetings to discuss the greatest barriers to bicycling and walking. All agreed that the newly built Merritt/Montezuma “Connector” had actually divided our town. The small greenways bridge under La Guardia Bridge became our top priority.

Our efforts to allow the building of that bridge brought together a wonderful group of partner organizations and individuals. Yavapai Trails Association, Open Space Alliance, and Prescott Creeks were some of the first. They were soon joined by artists, Dexter Neighborhood residents, APS, and the City of Prescott. That original trail was built with donated time and materials from all of these groups. Because of everyone’s contributions, the trail now stretches south of downtown.

Fast forward to today. PAT Board Member, George Sheats reports from some of the latest efforts to expand this trail system:

We are currently focusing on connecting the Greenways to the rodeo grounds. This began two years ago when the Over the Hill Gang (the City of Prescott volunteer trail crew) created a narrow ‘goat trail’ from Lincoln Avenue to the rodeo grounds along Miller Creek. The trail was used to clean up the creek. I am a member of this trail crew and took part in many of these efforts.

More recently, I joined members from the Greenways Committee, which comprised early partners for the trail, to develop a strategy for re-approaching property owners along this new stretch and ask them for permission to build a trail through their property. I would like to especially thank Laurel Freeman for her committee leadership. The committee was successful in gaining approvals and with the help of Eric Smith from the City of Prescott Recreational Services, formal surveyed easements and license agreements were established. Council approved the agreements in August 2014 so we are now proceeding with trail construction.

Yavapai Trails Association was successful in obtaining a $5,000 grant from Yavapai County Community Foundation for construction materials with a stipulation that partner organizations pitch in for labor and construction activities. CareScape Landscaping has also donated its ‘Arbor and Firewise Team’ to assist with removal of plant material in the path of the approved trail easements.

The Over the Hill Gang continues its work of removing weeds and improving sections of the trail. The plan is to create a six-foot-wide trail with an improved surface so that pedestrians and cyclists can pass each other in both directions. In order to minimize the many ups and downs, twists and turns, it will be necessary to do some rearrangement of existing soil by using retaining walls and other material for a stable surface. Construction activities are being planned to begin in the later part of 2014 with a target completion date of July 2015.

Next up: Prescott College is working with the City of Prescott, the Greenways Committee, and the Over the Hill Gang to connect the trail through campus along Butte Creek. Several easements are already in place and we are working with three additional property owners to obtain permission along their property.

If you’d like to help out with any of these next efforts for the Greenways Trail or just want some more details about our current efforts along this trail, feel free to email me at gsheats{at}aol.com

End Notes

With next year’s Loop Challenge planning getting started, Safe Routes to Schools events happening, and the Greenways Trail progress, we could sure use your help! Do you love organizing bike rides? Well, the Loop Challenge planning committee could be the place for you to show off your talents. Do kids bring out the kid in you? Volunteering for walk-and-ride-to-school days or even bike rodeos could be a fun way for you to help. And the Greenways Trail efforts are custom made for anyone who enjoys swinging a pick and getting dirty with a bunch of folks who have the same taste in fun.

In the articles above you’ll find some direct contact info, but you can always call or email the PAT office to offer your help: 928-708-0911 or pat{at}prescottbikeped.org. Thanks in advance!

You can also find out more about PAT and our work at www.prescottbikeped.org .

Prescott Alternative Transportation
P.O. Box 2122, Prescott, Arizona 86302

Prescott Alternative Transportation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Donations are tax deductible.

Prescott Alternative Transportation
P.O. Box 2122, Prescott, Arizona 86302
 928-708-0911   pat(at)prescottbikeped.org
Prescott Alternative Transportation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Donations are tax deductible.

Prescott Alternative Transportation
P.O. Box 2122, Prescott, Arizona 86302

Prescott Alternative Transportation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Donations are tax deductible.

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