ORO VALLEY - There is a new biking trail along a popular spot in Oro Valley where controversy once stood.
"Creating amenities like this will ultimately contribute to the regional economy," Evan Pilling the Executive Director of the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists said.
However, the peddling came to an abrupt halt after an Oro Valley Homeowners Association closed access. The HOA owns the private property that borders the state land. There was even a gate put up to keep riders out.
"It caused a massive upheaval from the cycling community," Pilling recalled. "200 mountain bikers showed up to a meeting and said this is really important to us."
More than 60 volunteers spent the weekend clearing more than a mile of trail. Pilling knows this reopening is far from a permanent fix in a coveted open space in Southern Arizona. This state trust land could someday be auctioned to the highest bidder.
"It's a short-term victory," Pilling said. "Our longer term goal is actually preservation of the Honey Bee Canyon trail system and the entire foothill region of the Tortolita mountains."