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BTI donation jumpstarts new Santa Fe trail system

Published August 8, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Technologies International has donated $2,000 in proceeds from cycling events held this spring to benefit the Grand Unified Trail System, or GUTS plan.

The vision of the GUTS initiative is a trail system that forms a loop around the city of Santa Fe, with connections to the city's core. Under the plan, non-motorized users will have access to natural and paved surface trails that connect a variety of existing trails in Santa Fe. The first section of new trail developed through the GUTS initiative will be completed this summer, tying the Santa Fe Community College into broader trail systems. The steering committee for GUTS includes an array of, local businesses, non-profit organizations trail advocates, and local, state, and federal government partners.

The funds were generated by BTI during the 3rd annual Outside Bike and Brew Festival this May, which had over 5,000 attendees. The first event was BTI's Bicycle Movie Night presented as part of the City of Santa Fe's Bike to Work Week festivities. A double feature screening of The Rider and the Wolf and NICA's Singletrack High were shown to an all-ages packed house at George R.R. Martin's Jean Cocteau Theater. The second event was BTI's MTB Poker Ride event, a fun, untimed ride where the best hand won prizes donated by Mountainsmith, Magura Direct, Deity Components and others.

The funds will be administered by the Santa Fe Conservation Trust, with direction from the Santa Fe Fat Tire Society.

"Part of our mission as a company is to build a bicycle friendly community locally," said BTI's president, Preston Martin. "We hope that Santa Fe's innovative GUTS plan can inspire other communities to extend their bicycle infrastructure in new ways."

Tim Rogers, the trails program manager for SFCT, said, "The Santa Fe Conservation Trust really appreciates the generous support from BTI. Donations like this, along with the Larsen Fund, help cover expenses for surveys, archaeological clearances, and other technical assistance associated with the GUTS initiative."

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