MBOSC Position Paper- Parks and Rec Master Plan

Hello folks,

Please take a moment to read through our Position Paper regarding the City of Santa Cruz Parks Master Plan.

This paper outlines the case for increasing mountain bike access in Santa Cruz City Parks, presented by Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC). Our objective is to add clarity and data to the public discussion surrounding trail access with the hope that this will foster educated policy decisions that will allow all user groups to enjoy our beautiful outdoor spaces in a sustainable manner.

This paper covers the following:

  • Who are mountain bikers?
  • Who is MBOSC?
  • What do mountain bikers want?
  • How can the City of Santa Cruz Parks Master Plan reflect those desires?
  • Responses to common arguments against expanded mountain bike access

MBOSC Celebrates Our 20th Anniversary!

Celebrating 20 years of creating world-class mountain biking. Responsibly, sustainably, collectively.

We at Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) are celebrating our 20th anniversary this year. That’s 20 years of creating world-class mountain biking, responsibly, sustainably, and collectively.

It was 1997 when we first came together to raise money to bring Gray Whale Ranch into the State Parks system as a part of Wilder Ranch. The addition of Gray Whale created a network of awesome legal mountain-biking trails.

To mark our anniversary we’re rolling out a new website, www.mbosc.org, and an updated logo designed by local artist Campbell Steers. The new website will make it easier than ever to find out what’s going on with trail advocacy in Santa Cruz and how you can get involved. We are also bringing our celebration of our 20th anniversary out of the virtual world and into the real work with a party on April 27th at New Bohemia Brewing.

The weekly Good Times newspaper has noticed our hard work and put MBOSC on the cover of its March 29th issue. Check it out here.

In just the last five years, our dedicated volunteers have generously donated 14,000 hours of volunteer work on local trails, in city and state parks, and in the Soquel Demonstration State Forest. MBOSC has also funded over 10,000 hours of professional time serving our mission and invested nearly $1 million enriching our community.

Among the highlights from the last two decades are the U-Con Trail, Emma McCrary Trail, the Flow Trail, the Enchanted Loop Reroute and the Harvey West Pump Track.  The U-Conn trail “was the first legal singletrack in Santa Cruz,” notes Geoff Smith, former MBOSC president. “And it was a good model for what was to come.”

Aside from all the celebrating, we’re still busier than ever—thanks to hundred of volunteers—getting trails back into shape after the wet winter. We’re also collaborating with local land managers to create new trails that will make the next 20 years even more notable.

Current projects

Twenty years in and we are by no means resting on our laurels. We are working to bring new trails to Pogonip, Delaveaga, Cotoni-Coast Dairies, San Vicente Redwoods and Wilder Ranch State Park. We are working with the City of Watsonville to bring a pump track to South County and with Santa Cruz County to bring a new dirt jump park to Soquel.

Join us Thursday April 27th from 6-9 p.m. for the Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz 20th Anniversary Party at our friends New Bohemia Brewing, 1030 41st Ave., Santa Cruz. We’ll have food trucks, live music, and a few words from notable figures from the mountain bike community.

Also coming up is the 2nd annual Santa Cruz Old Cabin Classic set for Saturday May 13th. This cross-country race is a throwback to the early days of mountain bike racing and is a celebration of the sport. A significant portion of the proceeds will go directly into a fund earmarked for trail development at Wilder Ranch State Park.