I read the Tucson Weekly. I don’t know why but I do (Actually, I do know; I read it because of Gustavo Arellano’s “Ask A Mexican” column – but I don’t know why I read the rest of it). They had an interesting video about a Tucson sewing cyclist raising money for a US tour. Unfortunately, he didn’t make his funding goal but he did trigger this blog post.
Only recently have I made it out to North Central Park because it is waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too far pa’l Norte. I can honestly say that it is a great place for my rickety bike and beginner me to keep gaining strength. What, did you think I was going to use my cane forever? I only wish our streets were better equipped for bicycle enthusiasts because riding around in downtown has me updating my last will and testament – que miedo.
I’m really digging the growing cycling community in Laredo. During the planning of RioFest, I was very impressed by Bernie Chapa of Ciclo Mania and his role in adding a 10 mile bike race to the event. More recently, I have been impressed by fellow blogger, KeyRose, taking on the challenge of cleaning a trail through the Slaughter Park area for cycling. It is city property but he and his friend(s?) have started to take care of something the city is ignoring.
They have started a Facebook group called Trails Riders of Laredo, check them out.
Not only is Slaughter Park getting a biking make-over, the Pedalheads FB group is making headway at what they call the Shiloh Trail. Posted by Sonia Rios and calling it:
Great video by Danny Aguilar! Shiloh trails with the Pedalheads Laredo and Laredo Ciclo Mania.
This was an earlier video of the trails starting by the Rio Grande Plaza Hotel, along the Rio Grande riverbank, through the Las Palmas nature area and up Zacate Creek. Laredo is looking pretty cool from these views.
A third group is the Laredo Cycling Association. They recently donated the signs for the Shiloh Trails that individuals have been working on and have participated in numerous races.
By the looks of it, Laredo citizens are creating what they want with makeshift scraps but the city is not keeping up with serving their needs and interests. Eventually, the city will catch up, I hope.
Obviously, all these groups need some muscle power and other help. If you are so inclined… contact them. I am sure they would appreciate the support in making Laredo better for cyclists – even for those like me who still have their training wheels on.