OPPI – the Outdoor Pikes Peak Initiative

OPPI – the Outdoor Pikes Peak Initiative

MedWheel is part of the leadership team for OPPI, representing mountain bikers and other trail users in an an important planning process driven by the state. The planning process is being managed by our partners at the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance, PPORA. This plan will balance recreation opportunities with the conservation needs of our region. We need your voice to ensure the recreation needs of our community are captured in this plan, which will impact future trail development and recreation opportunities across the Pikes Peak region. The first phase of this initiative took a year and a half, during which MedWheel shared suggestions about trail access. During 2023 MedWheel has been part of the Recreation Stakeholder group – advocating for meaningful trail connections and trail experiences that are inspiring for our members.

coming soon – community input sessions. have your say about the future of recreation in our region.

Some talking points we’re sharing as part of the process:

  • More strategic trail connections and trail access points help to spread users out and reduce negative impacts on natural resources
  • Trails are an effective conservation tool – if built correctly for their intended use they encourage users to travel in designated areas. We love the saying, “People don’t need trails – the land needs trails in order to protect it.”
  • Trail planning and construction should be done in coordination with fire mitigation
  • Trails drive a sustainable and diversified economy
  • Land managers in our region need resources and new management structures to support sustainable recreation in balance with conservation

Stay tuned for the schedule of the community input sessions.

More information about the state’s regional partnership initiative and the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Rec Plan (SCORP).

Check back for more information or email info@medwheel.org with your questions about OPPI