BRPC is hoping to kick off an effort to bolster mountain biking in the area.
Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is joining with two others Western Massachusetts planning organizations in a grant application to map, analyze, identify trail conditions, and lay the framework for a marketing effort to make Western Massachusetts known as a mountain biking hub.
State Sen. Adam Hinds knows mountain biking is an emerging industry. But, he also knows people who drive through the Berkshires to get elsewhere for it.
"Mountain biking has been identified as an industry that is growing and we are well positioned for it," Hinds said.
There is nothing else Mary Parkman would want to do instead of going mountain biking with her friends.
It gives her confidence, camaraderie, and is a lot of fun. Now she is passing on what has been such a big part of her life to young girls. Parkman runs Little Bellas summer camp. The weeklong program connects young girls with mentors, and together they mountain bike.
"Like Riding a Bicycle" is a project created by Katie Hargrave and Brett Hunter that celebrates the skills North Adams residents have, how they learn those skills and how they share what they know with others.