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Commons on the Wye

Help Support NJ’s First MTB Designated Trails on Public Land

Donate today to help JORBA, High Bridge Borough and Avid Trails create New Jersey’s first downhill directional mountain bike-only trails on public land. These “flow trails,” along with the new pump track will provide a progressive, family-friendly experience in close proximity to the 9+ mile Nassau Trails system, the Columbia rail, Vorhees State Park and the shops and restaurants of downtown High Bridge.

Project Update

2019.12.03

Most of the flow trails are roughed in, but not ready for riding. Please stay off the trails. Construction is suspended for the winter as we finish our fundraising. Grand opening TBD in the spring.

Commons on the Wye beginner flow trail

2019.11.15

  • West side perimeter multi-use trail is complete – Corridors are cleared for two bike trails in center of project area. Both of those trails are 50% roughed in with finish work beginning this week.
  • We have now raised $25,150 of the $30,000 total project budget. Help us finish.
  • The Highrail Brewing Co. Fundraiser and family group ride on Sunday 11/10 was a huge success. We had 30+ riders of all ages and skill levels from across NJ for the ride, then over 50 folks at the brewery after. Craig at Highrail has put the “High Bridge Trail Ale” on tap and will donate $1 per pint to the project for the life of the batch.
  • Most work should be complete by end of next week (11/22).
  • Trail opening date TBD.
  • Going great overall. People are going to love it once complete.

High Bridge, NJ

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High Bridge, NJ
Avid Trails

Overview

The Jersey Off-Road Bicycling Association (JORBA), Avid Trails and the Borough of High Bridge, NJ have collaborated to jointly develop a bike park which aims to improve trail connectivity with the pump track on the property formerly known as “Pfauth Tract” – referred to as the North of the Commons on the Wye Park or High Bridge Commons.

We believe this will bring more children and young adults on bikes to the area, facilitating greater connections to nature and recreation, promoting health, well-being and a stronger sense of stewardship for our natural environment. It will promote additional use of existing bike trails and engender support for their maintenance and improvement.

JORBA has committed $15,000 but we are seeking additional funding for a total project cost of $30,000. Please consider donating today to help create NJ’s first designated MTB trails on public land.

Goals

Create NJ’s first designated bike park on public land.

Add directional, progressive, family-friendly, skill building bike trails to existing system leveraging proximity to pump track, Columbia Trail and Nassau Trails system to further establish High Bridge as a destination MTB venue.

Provide a fun safe biking destination for the regions youth.

Features

  • Beginner & Intermediate lines will feature berms, rollers, and jumps appropriate for designated skill levels.
  • Clear trailhead signage to be added designating use and directions.
  • “Do not enter / Downhill Traffic Only” signs to be installed at bottom of directional Flow Trails.
  • Directional MTB trails will be designed & constructed to discourage uphill traffic – optimized for single direction.

Specifications

  • Two new downhill, directional, MTB designated flow trails.
  • 2,050 linear foot beginner flow / jump trail (5.4% avg. grade)
  • 1,450 linear foot intermediate flow / jump trail (7% avg. grade)
  • Maintain multi-use perimeter loop trail, including existing alignment on east side of project area.
  • New multi-use, multi-directional trail on West side.
  • Utilize segments of existing trail wherever possible.

Milestones

  • High Bridge Boro Approvals
    • On May 23rd. 2019 High Bridge Borough adopted RESOLUTION: 192-2019 that “the Mayor and Council approve the rebuilding, enhancement, and realignment of the existing bike and multi-use trails North of the Commons on the Wye park.”
  • JORBA Matches Funding
    • JORBA will match funds up to $15,000
  • Additional Funding Secured In Progress
  • Project to be phased based on funding.
  • Begin Construction Fall 2019 and completing by Summer 2020.
    • 10/16/19-We got some flagging done before the rain today. Will be diving into construction of the west perimeter trail start of next week.
  • Ongoing maintenance by existing Pump Track crew w/ assistance from JORBA.

Current Use Background

  • Adjacent to High Bridge Family Pump Track & Dog Park, accessible from Columbia Trail trail head.
  • Located 1.5 miles from 10 mile Nassau Trail system.
  • Located 1/2 mile from Voorhees State Park.
  • 1 mile multi-use, multi-directional trails.

Proposed

  • Two new downhill, directional, MTB designated flow trails.
  • 2,050 linear foot beginner flow / jump trail (5.4% avg. grade)
  • 1,450 linear foot intermediate flow / jump trail (7% avg. grade)
  • Maintain multi-use perimeter loop trail, including existing alignment on east side of project area.
  • New multi-use, multi-directional trail on West side.
  • Utilize segments of existing trail wherever possible.

Project Details

  • Two new downhill, directional, MTB designated flow trails.
  • 2,050 linear foot beginner flow / jump trail (5.4% avg. grade)
  • 1,450 linear foot intermediate flow / jump trail (7% avg. grade
  • Maintain multi-use perimeter loop trail, including existing alignment on east side of project area.
  • New multi-use, multi-directional trail on West side.
  • Utilize segments of existing trail wherever possible.
  • Beginner & Intermediate lines will feature berms, rollers, and jumps appropriate for designated skill levels. 
  • Clear trailhead signage to be added designating use and directions. 
  • “Do not enter / Downhill Traffic Only” signs to be installed at bottom of directional Flow Trails. 
  • Directional MTB trails will be designed & constructed to discourage uphill traffic – optimized for single direction.