Trail Advocacy

This award is given in recognition of successful efforts to influence public policy relating to trail planning, trail protection, trail development, or maintenance.


Delaware: Karl Lehman

As a Trail Spinner leader, Karl was integral in driving the Trail Spinners towards improved communication with trail users and providing better experiences for new riders.

In 2011-12 Karl ran the Mountain Biking beginner rides and 101 classes hosted by the Trail Spinners, a Delaware based volunteer group. Karl led the weekly events at Delaware’s White Clay Creek State Park with over 200 participants attending 50 events. To improve the experience for the participants, he coordinated bike shop participation at each event. This component added expert bike maintenance specialists to each ride, plus it also provided participants with a friendly face to connect with on future rides. He proactively included proper trail etiquette and sustainable trail use in all programs.

Karl’s passion for mountain biking helped introduce the sport to new riders while also demonstrating to all levels of riders ways to have a safe and fun trail experience. In addition, his trail volunteering helped the Trail Spinners organization meet several primary goals: educating the public about good trail stewardship, modeling positive trail interactions among various user groups, and encouraging more recreational trail users to donate weekend service time to trail projects. Without his volunteer efforts, the regional trail system in Northern Delaware would not be as highly respected as it is. Karl’s efforts have enhanced life for thousands of local trail enthusiasts throughout Delaware and the mid-Atlantic region

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