Safe Trails Coalition Workshop in Orange County
SHARE/IMBA was there!
Friends of Harbors Beaches and Parks held a work shop called the Safe Trails Coalition on September 26. Steve Larson, President of SHARE/IMBA, presented on mountain biking in Orange County and responsible mountain biking. There were very few participants from the OC mountain bike community in the audience which was primarily from the hiking, naturalist, and equestrian communities. Presenters included SHARE/IMBA, OC Hiking Club, Laguna Canyon Foundation, the Battalion Chief from OCFA and the OC Parks Division Manager for South Orange County. Metrics presented by OC Parks indicate that the number of reported biker – hiker or biker – horse trail accidents are small. Unfortunately, the perception from the representative from the OC Hiking Club was that ?on every hike the group goes on someone gets ran over or almost hit by a mountain bike?. SHARE/IMBA will be partnering with the OC Parks and groups such as the OC Hiking Club to better understand the problem presented and provide solutions for Orange County Trails.