Held in April in San Diego, the 2019 Trails and Greenways Conference was a great experience. Thank you for sending me there along with Steve and Brad.
I learned that trails should have a maximum slope of 15 percent. That means for 100 feet of trail, the rise or descent should not be more than 15 feet. I think we all can agree this is not the case for many of our local trails, raising the need for constant trail work. So I thank you in advance for all your help keeping the trails sustainable.\
I also learned that if we want new trails, we need to join forces with other user groups like runners, hikers and equestrians. If we can all get behind building something new, we will have a better chance of achieving it.
I like the idea of adding trails to the old dump site best, and the idea of having camping at Irvine Lake. If we can win the support of high school running and cycling teams, I believe officials will be more likely to listen.
On the U.S. National Forest and California State Parks levels, SHARE is looking to join forces with other advocacy groups to form a statewide trails collation. With IMBA operating at the national level, by the time the rules get to California we just change them. It’s time to join forces and let Sacramento know we need more trails.
We also learned some great trail work techniques at the Trails and Greenways Conference. Water bars are a thing of the past; we will be building knicks, swells and dips from now on.
My other goal for SHARE is to become a better communicator in the mountain bike community, using email to push information out and keeping the website up to date with upcoming activities.
In an effort to help others get involved with us, I recommend that we create an email for each SHARE park Trail Boss. We could use generic park names that forward to each Trail Boss or Info@sharemtb.com. Example: Santiagoaoks@SHAREMTB.com would forward to me. This would go inline with adding park rangers’ emails to the website.
Trail Boss, Santiago Oaks Regional Park
SHARE Mountain Bike Club
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At the SHARE Poker Ride you will enjoy the fantastic Santiago Oaks Regional Park trails, make new friends, sip tasty beverages, and win prizes on Saturday May 18th at 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. Remember, all SHARE members get the $10 lunch and beverages for FREE! Join now
Pedal Industries has donated a SHARE logo’ed race-day bag for the raffle, buy one HERE as well!
House and Senate Passed the Public Lands Package
We did it! YOU did it! The House has passed the public lands package by a margin of 363-62, following the Senate’s vote of 92-8 and will now be sent on to the POTUS for a final signature of approval.
This win is an important victory for mountain bikers and everyone who loves getting outside. While much of the bill does not directly impact Orange County’s mountain bike trails, the bill has great protections and enhanced opportunities for mountain bike trails in areas throughout the US and creates more than 1.3 million acres of new wilderness in the western US and California.. Bottom line, the bill funds programs directly and indirectly supporting mountain biking. This historic package includes permanent re-authorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to support recreation, including mountain bike projects across the country, and the Every Kid Outdoors Act to get all fourth graders outside. Your SHARE membership helped make it happen by reaching out to your lawmakers time and again over the past several months. Thanks for getting the public lands package across the finish line.
More about the public lands package and how to contact your representatives is here
Trail Work Day
A fantastic group consisting of Shimano Bicycle Corporation employees, California State Park Employees, and SHARE volunteer trail bosses assembled on Friday and completed trail maintenance in Crystal Cove State Park on the lower BFI Trail and the entrance trail from the ranger station. Significant rain over the last month has damaged several trails throughout the park. The group successfully repaired trail surfaces and added trail drain dips to divert any addition water off the trails.
Special thanks to Megan at Shimano Bicycle Corporation for bringing an energetic and dedicated team of volunteers. Thanks to Lana, Winter, Hunter and Dylan from the California State Park Service for coordinating and working this event. Thanks to Jon, Keith, Steve, and Brad from SHARE Mountain Bike Club for leading the trail work activities.