Thursday, March 10, 1:30 pm.
Tune into this session to learn about the procedures and complications of constructing a 5 mile shared use trail with specific mountain bike elements for Texas A&M University-Commerce. Internal (university) and external contractor perspectives will be discussed while evaluating the process from conception to completion. This presentation will look at the concerns of risk management, security and policy and how they were addressed in order to mitigate liability and concerns for inexperienced trail users. In addition time will be given to
Associate Director of Campus Recreation: Outdoor Adventure,
Texas A&M University-Commerce
From Abilene, Texas, Justin Crossland has been mountain biking for fifteen years and has been involved in outdoor education in higher ed for the past nine years. He currently runs the Outdoor Program for Texas A&M University-Commerce and has been participating in the IMBA Instructor Certification Program. In addition to teaching and programming in outdoor ed he enjoys having an active family. His wife and two young daughters spend their free time skiing, climbing, and mountain biking as a family.
S&S Trail Services
Ryan Spates has been an avid mountain biker and hiker for over 25 years and a professional trail builder since 2003. As an owner of S&S Trail Services, Spates has led and worked on trail projects on over 400 miles of trails across Texas and the US. As an outdoor educator, Ryan has led classes and volunteer workdays on more than 100 occasions, extolling the virtues of sustainable trail construction and management techniques. His work at developing new construction techniques and solutions, partnered with his passion for mountain biking, keep him extremely busy in the woods the majority of the time.