MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A proposed mountain bike trail in the west metro is dividing not only a park, but the people who live near it.
City staff in Minnetonka met Monday night for its last listening session with the public. The city is considering developing dirt mountain bike trails through Big Willow Park.READ MORE: 'We Don't Have To Do It': Mask Mandate Confusion Abound In Twin Cities
Many people who use the park also live in Applewood Pointe across the street. They’re worried it will bring noise to the area.
Groups that proposed the idea say it will make the city more bike-friendly.READ MORE: Police Reform A Major Sticking Point As Legislative Session Nears Its End
“Mountain biking has become a very popular sport. It’s the fastest growing sport in high schools and it’s one of the fastest growing categories of all bikes,” advocate Ben Marks said.
“My real concern is the misrepresentation of what mountain biking could really be. Yes, there’s a lot of responsible bike riders out there, but there are a bunch of irresponsible, what I call kamikazes,” John Richards said.MORE NEWS: Minnesota Weather: 80-Degree High Expected Monday; Summery And Damp Week Ahead
The proposal now goes to the Minnetonka parks board.