My dream is to build a recreational bike path connecting the communities of Summerlin, Huntington, the Ridges and Mountain’s Edge with the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The path will loop around the canyon to provide a safe and scenic place for our youth and recreational riders to exercise and enjoy the outdoors.
– Heather Fisher
Last week, Heather Fisher, president of the nonprofit Save Red Rock and wife of Jared Fisher, hosted a Save Red Rock bike path meeting with community conservation leaders and representatives from several state government organizations.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the creation of a bike path loop trail, which, if implemented, would serve as a transportation corridor for commuters as well as a scenic and safe way for families and outdoor enthusiasts to explore the Spring Mountain region of Red Rock Canyon.
Both Heather and Jared Fisher are excited about the prospect of seeing this trail completed.
“People move to cities to improve the quality of life,” said Jared Fisher, who also attended the meeting. “…They’d benefit greatly from this trail.”
Other meeting attendees voiced their support as well. The group spent nearly an hour discussing some of the economic and social benefits of establishing such a path. The following are a few of the ideas discussed.
4 Ways a Spring Mountain Loop Trail Could Benefit the Southern Nevada Community:
1. The trail would help to boost eco-tourism in Southern Nevada—This could have a positive impact on the state’s economy.
2. The trail would provide an alternative means of transportation for those traveling between the communities of Spring Mountain—This would be a great resource for residents in the communities of Summerlin and Mountain’s Edge.
3. The trail would have broad appeal—Avid cyclists would enjoy this path but so too would families, tourists, adventure-seekers, outdoor enthusiasts and seniors. As one of the community members pointed out in the meeting, “As the population ages, there will be a whole new demographic who will be cycling because of e-bikes. The popularity of this trail will be significantly more popular than previous trails due to technological advances.” Electric, pedal-assist bicycles have made it possible for people new to cycling to wary of hills or long distances to be able to give the sport a try.
4. The trail would provide a safe space for cyclists of all ages and experience levels to explore and enjoy Spring Mountain—Many residents have been hesitant to cycle in Las Vegas out of fear of high-traffic highways and distracted drivers. A designated, car-free path would encourage more people to leave their cars at home and explore Red Rock from the seat of a bikw.
About Fisher for Nevada: FisherforNevada.com is the official campaign website of Jared Fisher, a Southern Nevada resident and business owner who was the first candidate to enter the 2018 Nevada governor race. He is running on a platform that includes a focus on positive, productive leadership for a Healthy Nevada. Please follow Jared and Heather Fisher on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to learn more.