Southwest July News
Big Bear Lake, CA
Have you gotten out to Big Bear, CA. yet to check out the recently built Skyline Trail and the new lift serve trails at Snow Summit Resort? If not, then mark your calendar for August 17th, 2013 when the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation will be holding an opening event for the Skyline Trail. A big thanks to the foundation, the USFS and the resort for this new trail access in Big Bear! This event will be a great opportunity to ride these new trails and experience what the buzz is about. Check out trailsfoundation.org for details.
Dixie Mountain Bike Trail Association (DMBTA)
DMBTA, an IMBA Chapter in southwest UT, are currently working with the city of St. George on the Zen Trail to develop a process to create trail signage and ensure continued access. DMBTA are also beginning a new trail maintenance initiative, which will have the DMBTA sponsoring a trail workday every two months to keep the trails in better shape, and they are continuing to partner with the BLM during the Travel Planning process to keep existing trails open and to develop new trails. If you are in the area check out DMBTA for more information on trails and events in the area.
Orange County Parks
Discussions are ongoing with the Orange County Parks and Recreation Department regarding developing bike parks on the properties that they manage throughout Orange County in southern California. Our most recent meeting took place just last week with five department staff, a large Orange County bicycle retailer, our local chapter (SHARE-MTB) and two IMBA staff. Several of the department staff also attended the IMBA Summit in Idyllwild, CA in May, which included a workshop on bike park design and development. The next step is that we will submit a proposal to have an IMBA Trail Specialist from our Trail Solutions Department on the ground in Orange County to review several potential bike park locations, hopefully later this year. We will keep you updated as this project develops.
Flagstaff Bike Park
IMBA Trail Specialists visited Flagstaff earlier this year to develop the bike park design at the Fort Tuthill site, and that draft master plan will soon be completed and presented to the Flagstaff Biking Organization (FBO). In turn FBO have signed an agreement with the Coconino County Parks and Recreation Department, in order to move forward with the project. This planning and design process has been co-funded by FBO and the IMBA Trail Building Fund, and we hope to see further progress on this project in the coming months.
IMBA staff will be meeting in early August with BLM staff and the Lincoln County Commission to further discuss the development on a purpose built mountain bike trail network in and around the town of Caliente, NV. These discussions have been ongoing since fall 2012, including a more recent meeting with the Caliente City Council, where we presented our ideas and received a positive response from the council members. Once we secure planning funds, we’ll have IMBA staff on the ground developing a conceptual trail design, showcasing the best practices in destination trail planning.
IMBA Chapter Program
On the chapter front, the program continues to grow with the San Diego Mountain Biking Association recently joining the chapter program, as our newest SoCal chapter. Chapters are also coming onboard in Taos, NM; Moab, UT; and Kingman, AZ. A big thanks to these groups of local volunteer advocates who work cooperatively with their land managers to represent mountain bikers best interests and improve access, while understanding the need for mountain bikers to band together and present a stronger position both locally, regionally, and nationally.