TART Trails: Weather Bringing-Out Scores of TC Outdoor Enthusiasts

IN THE TRAVERSE CITY AREA, THE TART TRAIL SYSTEM SEEMS TO GET BUSIER WHEN THE WEATHER WARMS.

TART SAYS A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN OUT USING THE TRAILS THIS SPRING.

REPORTER CHARLIE TINKER HIT THE TRAILS AND HAS MORE DETAILS.

BRIAN BEAUCHAMP IS AN OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST… HE’S ALSO THE TART TRAIL SYSTEM’S PROGRAM DIRECTOR. FOR BRIAN, TODAY WAS ALL ABOUT HIS BIKE AND A WARM RIDE THROUGH CLINCH PARK.

“It’s great to see the sun,” said Beauchamp. “The weather is warming slightly.”

HE JOINED OTHER TRAIL USERS AS THEY HIKED, RAN, BIKED AND BLADED– THANKING THE WEATHER AND THE BONE DRY PATHWAYS FOR CHASING AWAY THEIR CABIN FEVER.

“We’re getting a lot of reports of people on the trails, in fact, a lot of calls to the office… to find out are the trails clear and can they ride them,” said Beauchamp. “There’s no snow on the trails and people are out using them.”

“This was my first day out today,” said Megan Olds, a veteran runner and trail enthusiast. “It’s been really nice to see people outside enjoying the warmer weather and celebrating spring.”

FOR MANY, THIS WEEK MARKS THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON and SOME OF THE SYSTEM’S NEW ADDITIONS ARE PART OF THE DRAW.

“We’ve been really excited to watch the expansions of our trail system happen,” said Olds. “You have opportunities to spend time in the forest, you can spend time along the waterway, like the bay or you can spend time in a more urban environment.”

It’s not just recreation either–many facing spring or summer construction projects are choosing to park their cars, break out their bikes and hit the trails.

“We are starting to get a lot of people in for either repairs or buying new bikes that commute into Traverse City that… are planning to ride their bikes in so they can avoid backups,” said Meagan McLain of McLain Cycle and Fitness.

RECREATION OR CONVENIENCE–IT DOESN’T MATTER, THE IMPORTANT THING, TART SAYS, IS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF DAYS LIKE THESE.

In the Traverse City Area, the TART Trails System seems to get busier when the weather warms.

TART says a lot of people have been out using the trails this spring.

Reporter Charlie Tinker hit the trails and has more details.

Brian Beauchamp is an outdoor enthusiast… He’s also the TART Trail System’s program director. For Brian, today was all about his bike and a warm ride through clinch park.

“It’s great to see the sun,” said Beauchamp. “The weather is warming slightly.”

He joined other trail users as they hiked, ran, biked and bladed–thanking the weather and the bone-dry pathways for chasing away their cabin fever.

“We’re getting a lot of reports of people on the trails, in fact, a lot of calls to the office… to find out are the trails clear and can they ride them,” said Beauchamp. “There’s no snow on the trails and people are out using them.”

“This was my first day out today,” said Megan Olds, a veteran runner and trail enthusiast. “It’s been really nice to see people outside enjoying the warmer weather and celebrating spring.”

For many, this week marks the beginning of the season and some of the system’s new additions are part of the draw.

“We’ve been really excited to watch the expansions of our trail system happen,” said Olds. “You have opportunities to spend time in the forest, you can spend time along the waterway, like the bay or you can spend time in a more urban environment.”

It’s not just recreation either–many facing spring or summer construction projects are choosing to park their cars, break out their bikes and hit the trails.

“We are starting to get a lot of people in for either repairs or buying new bikes that commute into Traverse City that… are planning to ride their bikes in so they can avoid backups,” said Meagan McLain of McLain Cycle and Fitness.

Recreation or convenience–it doesn’t matter, the important thing, TART says, is taking advantage of days like these.