Park City honors mountain biking group |

Park City honors mountain biking group

Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council recognized mountain bikers on Thursday night, declaring a week in honor of an upcoming conference.

The International Mountain Biking Association is scheduled to hold its World Summit in Park City June 18-21. People attending the conference will listen to speakers like Mary Bomar, who is the director of the National Park Service, and a cadre of American bicycling advocates.

The elected officials endorsed a resolution dubbing June 15-22 ‘IMBA World Mountain Biking Summit Week.’ The City Councilors often designate days or weeks in honor of groups, and honoring the mountain bikers fits with the Park City outdoors lifestyle City Hall promotes.

"Park City has established itself as a model ‘trails’ community by purchasing open space, protecting public (accesses to land) and providing recreation facilities," the resolution says, adding, "the citizens of Park City continue to support healthy lifestyles and sustainable sports, practices and programs."

In a report to the elected officials, Heinrich Deters, who is assigned to pedestrian and trails issues at City Hall, says the association is "the foremost trail advocacy organization in the world."

Some of the topics that the World Summit will cover include bicycle parks in urban areas, the environmental impacts of mountain biking, bicycle patrols and raising money.

Local trail advocates Carol Potter, Troy Duffin and Senta Beyer are scheduled to address the conference. They will talk about the Park City-area trails system, including the Rail Trail and developers’ trails efforts, according to tentative agenda released by the association.

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