Last Days of Fall Membership Drive – Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

fat-biking-webAs we transition from summer to fall in the Cowboy State and outdoor enthusiasts attention shifts to the colder weather activities like fat biking, cross-country skiing, walking and snowshoeing, Wyoming Pathways looks back on a busy and successful summer and looks forward to continuing our work to support these activities throughout the state.

Supporting healthy and fun people-powered activities requires smart advocacy at both the local and state levels. We’re fortunate in Wyoming to have many local non-profit trail and bike groups that are delivering impressive community pathway and trail projects, and they deserve your continued support. In tandem, Wyoming Pathways advocates for biking and walking at the state and federal level, which compliments local efforts around Wyoming. We’re writing to ask for your support for our work.

xc-ski-webTo continue our work helping Wyoming communities, we need your support – please join Wyoming Pathways in our fall membership campaign as an individual member or as a business or organization Pathways Partner.

You can also help us by joining our mailing list, liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter

As the only statewide nonprofit organization advocating for biking and walking issues and needs, Wyoming Pathways works to ensure that programs our local communities depend on continue, and that Wyoming’s state agencies and public land managers provide the support needed for local pathway, trail, and complete streets projects to succeed.

This past summer, building on the momentum of the passage of the new Wyoming Bicycle and Pedestrian System Task Force legislation, Executive Director Tim Young was appointed by Governor Mead to serve on the Task Force. The group has begun work on a first-ever report for the State Legislature on the “benefits and opportunities” of bicycling and walking in communities all around Wyoming.pole-mtn-trail-charrette-web

Wyoming Pathways also focused it’s attention on public land advocacy, working with the US Forest Service, the National Parks service, the BLM.  We concentrated our efforts on projects in Grand Teton for the Moose-Wilson Corridor, Lander ( for Johnny Behind the Rocks and trails in the Shoshone National Forest, and supporting Sheridan for the Red Grade Trail project.  We also co-hosted the Pole Mountain Trail Charrette in Laramie with the University of Wyoming, with the goal of producing a coalition of regional trail users that can work with the US Forest Service to build and maintain trails at Pole Mountain, serving Cheyenne and Laramie.

stone-temple-camp-webWyoming Pathways board members have added significantly to our capacity, leading trail development and youth mountain biking initiatives in Cheyenne, Laramie, Casper, Cody and Jackson.  In addition, Wyoming Pathways supported trail development and youth mountain biking by sponsoring and participating in the Glendo Trails Festival, Stone Temple Kids Mountain Bike Camps, Curt Gowdy trail days and the Stone Temple 8 Endurance Mountain Bike Race, a fundraiser for high school mountain bike racing teams in Cheyenne and Laramie.

With your help, Wyoming Pathways will continue to support local partners and advocate for enhanced state-level efforts to create quality pathway and trail systems and safe streets for biking and walking across Wyoming.  We also plan to expand our advocacy in the public health area and economic development areas, recognizing that people-powered activities provide many benefits to Wyoming’s residents and visitors, including efficient transportation and fun recreation. We work to engage the public and help government agencies at the state and federal levels envision and implement better policies and investments for bicycling, walking and trails throughout Wyoming.

Since founding in 2012, Wyoming Pathways has worked on numerous projects and events throughout the state with great success. From development of the Greater Yellowstone Trail project plan, to hosting the World Fat Bike Summit, co-hosting two Wyoming Bike-Walk-Trails Summits, leading the Pole Mountain Trail Charrette, and supporting local trails and bike parks in Cheyenne, Casper, Laramie, Lander, Sheridan and Cody, Wyoming Pathways has been working diligently to improve people-powered infrastructure and promote understanding and cooperation between trail and pathway users, land owners and land managers.

In these and other ways, Wyoming Pathways is working to make Wyoming a better place, but there is more to do. With your help, we’ll grow our efforts to support pathways, trails and safe streets and will seek out new ways to improve the economic and public health outlooks of communities throughout the state.

This fall, Wyoming Pathways is asking individuals, businesses and organizations that believe in the benefits of people-powered movement to join with us to support these activities by becoming a Wyoming Pathways member or partner through our fall membership campaign. We need your help to expand our reach and increase our effectiveness and magnify your voice throughout the state. With your financial support and participation in our networks of concerned citizens, businesses and organizations, you will help us understand your needs and enable us to work on your behalf on issues that matter to you.

Our goal is to encourage safe bicycling and walking – helping to create thriving communities and enhance public lands across Wyoming.