From Slide to Ride

This is another of the Creator Series short films on mountain biking. This one from Darrington, Washington which is surrounded by the Cascade Mountains. The community had a tragedy in 2014 when a mud slide destroyed 49 homes killing 43 people in its wake. That’s when the mayor and other community leaders embarked on a program to rebuild the community spirit and mountain biking was seen as one such option. They had beautiful forests nearby so that proved beneficial to them. They had bought in experts to make a proper track, a mountain biking track in the mountains, by removing the roots, stones etc. and creating a kind of a nice zigzag pathway for mountain bikers.

That is something which we in India should try to emulate. We have ample mountains and forests. All we need to do is to create an ecosystem of people friendly activities in the forests be it mountain biking, or hiking, trekking, studying plants, insects etc. so that people connect with nature and learn to respect the mountains. Sadly lacking in India.

These are nice series available on youtube.

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