Bike to School Day at Santa Fe Community College, with “GUTS Study Ride,” May 4

Bike-to-School convoys join up on the Spur Trail

SFCT partnered with Santa Fe Community College and BTI to celebrate “Bike to School Day” at SFCC’s Witter Fitness Center on May 4, 2016.  Three convoys made their way to SFCC by bicycle, including one from the Rail Trail at Rabbit Rd., one from the Arroyo Chamiso Trail via Richards Ave., and one from Rancho Viejo, which sought out and joined the Rail Trail convoy on the Spur Trail.

Refreshments by SFCC and bike support by BTI at the Witter Fitness Center

After enjoying coffee and treats provided by SFCC and conversations with local dignitaries such as SFCC President Randy Grissom and Santa Fe County Comissioner Liz Stafanics, participants made their way to try out the new “Spur Trail Connector” on SFCC campus.

The new single-track “Spur Trail Connector” on SFCC campus

New Mexico Central rail bed south of Rancho Viejo

User-built single-track trail along a fence line in Rancho Viejo – not bad!

With the new connection billed as a demonstration project for the Grand Unified Trail System (GUTS), a handful of participants, including Attila Bality of National Park Service then proceeded on a “GUTS Study Ride,” visiting remaining stretches of railbed of the New Mexico Central Railroad north and south of SFCC and some interesting trail connections on and along that railbed in Rancho Viejo.

We hope to work with Rancho Viejo and Santa Fe County to make an NMCRR Rail Trail to Eldorado a future GUTS project