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November / December 2011 Newsletter


SBMTV November / December 2011 Newsletter
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The year is coming to a close and SBMTV is rolling through it with a number of great events – come join us!  Find detailed information for the events in the links to the right…

Sunday November 20th: The West Fork of Cold Springs trail will again receive some much needed volunteer maintenance – clear some trail with us!

Saturday and Sunday, November 19th/20th: REI’s grand opening is wrapped around the West Fork trail event . SBMTV’s table will be out in front of REI with information on trail events, our organization, and how REI is helping our trails community (and we’ll have coffee and bagels, come see us).  If you would like to assist with our table, contact

Wednesday December 7th: SBMTV’s first community clinic “Mountain Biking in Santa Barbara” will be held at REI.  Local riders will discuss area trails and what is needed to ride them successfully.

Wednesday December 7th: Front Country Trails Task Force meeting. This group makes recommendations on trail management and access issues.  Your input at these meetings can make a difference!

Sunday December 11th: The last trail maintenance event of the year! Tunnel Trail. SBMTV will be partnering with REI to make this great event.

Participate! If you would like to become more involved in your trail community by participating with SBMTV, we have opportunities for volunteers, ride leaders, trail crew leaders, committee members, and more!  Contact for more information.

* This next year promises to have many exciting topics: trails management and access, major trail restoration projects, wilderness changes, and possibly a bike park proposal!  Check for updates!


The Year in Review – looking back at the long list of successful work and events…

Trail Work:

  • We started out by building a solid trail passage through the rockslide on upper Romero fire road.
  • Purchased new incredible trail tools, the Rogue Tools
  • Installed Santa Barbara’s first Rolling Crown Switchback on McMenemy trail
  • Assisted in the “re-opening” of San Ysidro and Rattlesnake Connector trails
  • Held six brush clearing and tread repair events on Jesusita trail
  • Cleared the brush on almost all of the Elings Park trails
  • Brought out large trail crews to State and National Trails Days
  • Organized a fifty volunteer National Public Lands Day event for Tunnel Trail in September

Education: In addition to over 2000 hours of of volunteer trail work, SBMTV hosted the IMBA Trail Care Crew. The crew gave three great presentations: “Club Care”, “Sustainable Trail Building and Maintenance for Volunteers”, and a presentation which many of our local agencies attended “Sustainable Trails Management for Land Managers”.

Bike Bells: In December of 2010, SBMTV held it’s first public bike bell build and pizza party to get ready for 2011. One thousand bells were assembled in a record 18 minutes followed by pizza and videos! These one thousand bells were distributed to cyclists through the bell boxes on trails and at local bike shops.  And, Decline Magazine published an article on the SBMTV bell program.

Rides: In addition to regular Sunday rides the first half to the year, SBMTV held a riding skills clinic for the CycleMAYnia month, hosted National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, and started rides for beginner cyclists.

Training: SBMTV representatives attended the California Trails and Greenways conference and brought back great examples of collaboration between multiple agencies and user groups, sustainable trail building, and even mechanized trail building. We also hosted educational booths at the EarthDay and Get to Know your Forest events.

The Club: The new store in town – REI has made a significant donation to community trails by awarding SBMTV a seed grant of $10,000!  This seed grant will be used for trail tools, trail projects, sustainable trails education, and trails support. SBMTV received a donation of 40 hardhats from Granite Construction and was able to purchase new work gloves through Ace Home Improvement.

Advocacy: SBMTV also became a chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).  IMBA advocates for mountain biking opportunities world wide.  This partnership brings additional resources and members to the Santa Barbara cycling community to assist with advocacy and trails! (See our membership page…)

New Programs: Our new bike shop membership program allows local trail users to sign up for SBMTV/IMBA membership while shopping at their local bike shop and give credit to their favorite shop.  Membship funds are used to support local trail work and national MTB advocacy!

Bike Shop Bell Program – Participating shops will now have their own combination shop logo / SBMTV bike bells!  Shops will distribute their bells in store and random mixture of the bells will be distibuted in the bell boxes at trail heads.  Support your local shop and purchase a bell there!  And thank you CCCMB for the program example!


Upcoming Trail Work & Events
Trail Work – Westfork of Cold Springs
Sunday, Nov 20th
9 am – 1 pm

Westfork Info

REI Grand Opening
Nov 19th – 20th

10 am – 3 pm
Opening Info


Mountain Bike Clinic
Wednesday, Dec 7th

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Clinic Information


Trails Task Force Meeting
Wednesday, Dec 7th
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Task Force Info


Trail Work – Tunnel Trail
Sunday, Dec 11th

9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Tunnel Info


For SBMTV membership and donation opportunities, follow this link!

Trail maintenance and building
Trail User Education Advocacy
We organize and conduct volunteer trail maintenance events to preserve the trails for everyone’s enjoyment. Events are held monthly January through December and are open to all trail users. Our local trails are receiving more use than ever before. SBMTV’s Trail Head education and Bike Bell programs inform trail users of proper trail etiquette and encourages everyone to respect their fellow trail users. SBMTV leads the way in advocating for increased trail opportunities for all trail users. We also work for the preservation of open space and wild places.
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