Action Alert! Public Meeting on Trail Access in City Parks!

What: Downhill-only mountain bike trail in Pogonip proposed by City of Santa Cruz
How you can help: Attend Public Meeting
When: Monday, May 1st at 4pm
Where:  City Council Chambers, 809 Center St #10, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Can’t make it? Write a letter! Details below…

The City of Santa Cruz heard the mountain bike community speak out in favor of increased mountain bike access at the City Council meeting in February. That was step one for getting new trails built at Pogonip and Delaveaga. Step two is coming up on May 1st when the Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Commission will be holding a meeting specifically on the issue of mountain biking in the proposes master plan. We need your support to insure that mountain bikers needs are adopted in the plan!

The City of Santa Cruz is currently undergoing a master planning effort for its parks. Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz has been working closely with City Parks and Recreation Staff on the plan. The proposed plan includes a progressive, directional, downhill, bike specific trail in Pogonip, the concept is to build a technical and rocky trail, geared to intermediate and advanced riders. The plan also provides for new multi-use trails in Pogonip, Harvey West, and Delaveaga parks to provide better connectivity to residential areas and trail network. Check out the Parks and Recreation Committee website for more information.

These proposed trails represent an unprecedented increase in legal mountain bike trail access, creating new riding opportunities accessible from town. The Parks and Recreation Department has recognized the need for legitimate trail access for mountain bikers. NOW it is up to us to show that we support these new trail ideas by letting the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Santa Cruz City Council know that this is what the mountain bike community wants.

Attend Parks and Rec Commission Meeting!

Attend the joint Parks and Recreation Commission – City Council meeting on May 1st at 4pm. The meeting will be held at City Council Chambers, 809 Center St #10, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. This is the next step in the process to getting new trails built, it’s crucial that mountain bikers make a good showing at this meeting. Please attend to show your support. There will be opportunities for public comment. Expect that there will be people at this meeting casting a negative light on mountain bikers. It’s in our best interest to portray ourselves in a favorable light and keep the discussion positive. The meeting may last several hours with many other topics being covered but please tough it out! If you wish to speak (please do!) consider highlighting the following points:

  • Importance of mountain biking to you
  • The importance of Mountain Biking to local economy
  • Tourism
  • Bike Industry
  • Need for legal places to ride
  • Mountain biker’s great record with responsible stewardship
  • Emma McCrary Trail (which has over 80,000 trips a year)
  • Flow Trail
  • Trail Maintenance
  • Pump Tracks
  • Positive recreation opportunities for our residents, especially youth
  • Connectivity that proposed trails will provide
  • Reduced user conflict from separating users and spreading out traffic

Write a letter to the the Parks and Rec Commission (tjones@cityofsantacruz.com) voicing why you think the City should build more multi-use and bike specific trails. A personal message goes a long way, but if you don’t have the time please send this pre-written message.

Dear commissioners,

I am writing in support of the proposed additions of new trails to city parks and open spaces as outlined in the Parks and Recreation 2030 Master Plan staff report. Santa Cruz County currently has less than 40 miles of trails open to cyclists, while there are over 200 miles of trails open to pedestrians. The lack of legal mountain bike access is not fitting with Santa Cruz’s status as a world renowned destination for mountain bikers and as a hub for the cycling industry. Mountain biking is an integral part of the culture of Santa Cruz as evidenced by the ever growing number of local riders, increase in mountain bike tourism and the extensive stewardship efforts undertaken by the mountain biking community.

Please approve the proposed increased trail access for cyclists in City Parks and Open Spaces including:

  • A progressive, directional, downhill, bike-specific trail in Pogonip
  • New multi-use trails in Pogonip, Harvey West, and Delaveaga parks to provide better connectivity to residential areas and trail network 

These improvements will increase the quality of life in our community by providing additional venues for positive outdoor recreation in our public spaces.

Thank you for your consideration. 

Respectfully,

[Your name here] [City of residence]

Thanks for your support!

Volunteer Trail Work at U-Conn!

We are going to wrap up trail work on U-Conn this Friday. We have made great progress over the last week and are hoping to get the project buttoned up this week! Join if you can! RSVP here!

Recap: A Very Productive Dig Day with Another Bike Shop!

We had around 40 volunteers show up Saturday, 4/15, ready to haul 10 or more wheelbarrow loads down U-Conn. Together we completed two drainage lenses and armored several parts of the trail. It was a hard Dig Day, and Another Bike Shop rewarded our volunteers with a hearty raffle. See full photo album by volunteer Bruce Dorman here!

Big thanks to Verve Coffee Roasters for getting us energized, Velocity Bike Park for keeping the spring in our step, and New Bohemia Brewing for the post-work libations!

See full calendar here, with updates on upcoming trail work opportunities, and MBOSC events, such as our 20th Anniversary Party. Of course, the best way to stay up-to-date is to sign up for our mailing list.

Dig Day – UConn – Another Bike Shop ***Date Change****

Sign Up Here! RSVP Required!

We have changed the date for this event from Saturday 4/8 to Saturday 4/15 Owing to the Rain…

Join MBOSC and Another Bike Shop for a day of trail work on the UConn trail in Pogonip! If you have been on UConn recently you may have noticed the couple of mud holes that have cropped up this winter (and in winters past). We are going to fix these on the April 8th Dig Day and we need your help!

We will be providing A+ hospitality to keep you energized for a day of solid work. We will be serving coffee from Verve Coffee Roasters, breakfast treats, lunch from Velocity Bike Parks and post-work refreshments from New Bohemia Brewing and a volunteer raffle.  We get a lot of work done but also leave time for socializing and basking in the glow of a job well done.

Volunteer Rewards: This trail work season, when you volunteer two or more days, you’ll be eligible for 5 percent off Ibis Bicycles at Spokesman and Trail Head Cyclery. Save 10 percent when you volunteer four days and 20 percent when you volunteer eight days! You will also be invited to MBOSC’s exclusive volunteer appreciation weekend!

Win an Ibis Bike: Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz and Ibis Bicycles want to show appreciation for all of your hard work. For each day that you volunteer for Dig Days you’ll receive an entry to win an Ibis mountain bike of your choice! We are extremely grateful to Ibis Cycles for donating the bike for our Dig and Win campaign.

UConn Trailwork with Specialized

MBOSC has some serious work planned for the University Connector Trail (UConn). Specialized will bringing out a crew of employees to help out. We are going to fix the ongoing mud pit issues that plague the trail during the winter. We have a big volunteer Dig Day planned for April 15th and will be prepping for it the week before. This will involve building some rock retaining walls. If you are interested in coming out sign up here.

Volunteer Trail Work – UConn

MBOSC has some serious work planned for the University Connector Trail (UConn). We are going to fix the ongoing mud pit issues that plague the trail during the winter. We have a big volunteer Dig Day planned for April 8th and will be prepping for it the week before. This will involve building some rock retaining walls. If you are interested in coming out sign up here.