Mountain bikers, hikers, and trail runners have a unique
opportunity to help expand trail mileage in and around Springfield, Illinois. Take action!Get involved with the Central Illinois Trails
Association (CILTA) to let local land managers and stakeholders know that you
support development of purpose built and maintained trail systems. CILTA urges trail riders,
runners, and hikers who enjoy natural surface trails for human powered
recreation to express their interest in seeing more trail opportunities within
This is a significant opportunity to not only expand experiences
for trail users in the Central Illinois region, but to continue to demonstrate
that varied user groups can be compatible with one another, share values, and
responsibly share recreational trails. CILTA is a local leader in working with local,
state, and federal land agencies on the management and development of
multi-use, natural-surface trails, and intends to be actively involved in planning
for a broader trails community in and around Springfield.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit Chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling association, CILTA ideally leverages an abundance of resources tied to off road cycling while seeking to provide natural surface trail opportunities that serve the community at large.
Natural surface trail recreation offers Americans a healthy
exercise opportunity and a connection to the natural environment, both of which
tie directly into the goals and values of America’s Great Outdoors and the
First Lady’s Let’s Move Campaign.
According to the Outdoor Industry Foundation, bicycling is
the number-one gateway activity that gets kids outside and interested in
Improving bicycling opportunities can help promote tourism
and economic development for nearby communities.
Mountain bikers are active volunteers, and could offer
much-needed love to existing trails requiring repairs. Last year, IMBA members
alone volunteered 707,000 hours on public lands, valued at $15.6 million. The
IMBA U.S. network conducts more than 3,000 trail projects annually that build
and maintain 23,000 miles of trails, most of them multi-use.
Please consider supporting the efforts of the Central Illinois Trail Association through membership, advocacy activities, approved trail building, or any number of opportunities that may meet your particular interests and abilities.
The Central Illinois Trails Association seeks to preserve, protect, and promote hiking and mountain bike access and diverse riding and hiking opportunities on public and private lands through education, communication, and unified action.