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