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.
The natural resources and scenic beauty of the Berkshires has always been a draw for those who enjoy hiking, camping, mountain biking, skiing, and the like.
But now officials are becoming a little more intentional about that. Both local and state officials are now looking closely at the economic benefit that comes with building an outdoor recreational economy.