California's state parks are suffering after decades of chronic underfunding, and projects that would increase mountain biking opportunities throughout the park system are stalled due to lack of funds. On Nov. 2, 2010, California voters will have the opportunity to save state parks and gain more bike access by approving Proposition 21, also known as the State Parks and Wildlife Conservation Trust Fund Act of 2010.
Vote Yes on Prop. 21
Voice your support for Prop. 21 by signing on to IMBA's online petition.
Update 10-15-10: View all the companies and organizations that have signed IMBA's petition.
The simple fact is that Prop. 21 means more trails for mountain bikers in California. “This is a unique opportunity to vote for a real game changer,” says IMBA’s California Policy Advisor Tom Ward.
Prop. 21 will enable spending for state parks, wildlife, natural lands and ocean conservation programs. The funds will be derived from an $18 increase to charges for vehicle registration fees in California. State residents will receive a free State Park pass and free parking for all of the 278 parks.
With approximately $500 million of annual funding, Prop. 21 will provide the resources necessary to jump-start the maintenance and management needed to get bikes on more trails. “This means funding to potentially open the numerous trails that IMBA California and California clubs have proposed in state parks that have thus far been stalled due to budget cuts,” says Ward.
Supporting Prop. 21 Will Provide Important Funding, Including MTB Projects
This legislation will provide funding for important work such as:
- Environmental reviews and trail modifications
- New, multi-use trail construction
- Trail re-routes and ongoing trail maintenance
For mountain bikers, an impressive list of state parks have plans to move forward with trail projects if Prop. 21 is approved:
- Auburn State Recreation Area
- Austin Creek State Rec. Area
- Big Basin State Park
- Castle Rock State Park
- Folsom Lake State Rec. Area
- Henry Coe State Park
- Henry Cowell State Park
- Humboldt Redwoods State Park
- Lake Oroville State Park
- Malibu Creek State Park
- Mt Diablo State Park
- Mt Tamalpais State Park
- Samuel P. Taylor State Park
- Sonoma Coast State Beach
- Tahoe Donner State Park
- Topanga State Park
- Willow Creek
Please sign your business or organization to IMBA's petition and join the impressive list of hundreds of others that support Prop. 21.