Sustainable Trails Bring People out in New Castle, CO
Each time we’ve visited Santa Rosa, California, we've been pleasantly surprised by the number of riders we would encounter on rides at Annadel State Park. Riders of all interests and ability levels in Sonoma County have been enjoying the park for many years. As user numbers grow and the mountain bikers in particular become segmented into their own social groups, problems inevitably arise.
Recently, with the strong efforts of local riders and advocates Jacob Bayless and Nick Nesbitt, a new organization sprouted out of necessity. With the goal of creating an organized, cohesive group, the Redwood Empire Mountain Bicycling Alliance (REMBA) hopes to bring the entire Sonoma County mountain bike community together to stand behind long term plans for trail improvements and other opportunities to educate users and provide diverse riding opportunities in Sonoma County.
Before even launching a membership campaign, REMBA has created a board, developed integral relationships with land managers, defined a range of opportunities within the community, and created quite a local buzz. If the land manager training is any indication to local support for REMBA, they should have no problem building a lasting organization.
“With a historical disconnect with mountain bikers in Sonoma, there was a significant lack of momentum and it was easy to complain about what was wrong or not happening,” explained Nick Nesbitt, chair of the board for REMBA. “We thought it was better to start getting organized rather than waiting for someone else to do it.”
As one of the more inspirational visits we’ve had recently, REMBA is off to a great start with many clear objectives in mind. Partnering with a local pumptrack project slated for construction this spring, they will quickly show some great progress to their community before launching membership opportunities. This dedication and vision has been contagious and we can’t wait to see their progress!
Thanks to the entire REMBA board—especially Jake, Nick, Sebastian and Ken—for all their support and hard work organizing a great visit. Thanks also to Bike Monkey for the great space and support and all the land managers who attended our presentation!