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International Mountain Bicycling Association

IMBA California Singletrack eNews, Sept. 2008

09.30.2008
Boulder, Colorado

Forest Service Issues Important Guidance on Mountain Bike Management
Addressing hundreds at the IMBA World Summit, Jim Bedwell, Forest Service director for recreation, heritage and volunteers, made a major announcement that will benefit mountain bikers nationwide. Bedwell presented a new agency memo clearly defining mountain biking as similar to hiking and equestrian use, and an activity to be managed separately from motorized travel.The document, written by Deputy Chief Joel Holtrop, is a significant step in the evolution of mountain bike management on Forest Service lands, and has been distributed to agency staff at the regional and local levels.

East Bay Cyclists Face a $500 Million Dilemma
Mountain bikers in San Francisco's East Bay have a 20-year history of bitter access battles with their regional park district. Now, a $500 million bond measure supporting the parks poses a tough choice for cyclists: should they oppose the measure, despite their natural commitment to preserving open space, or should they support it, despite being barred from nearly all of the parks' singletrack? The Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay is working to convince the district that making a significant new commitment to bicycle access could win the hearts -- and votes -- of the cycling community.

Grants For Trails -- Deadline Soon!
The California Trails & Greenways Foundation is accepting applications for small grants, up to $5000, with a deadline for submittal coming up: September 30. Jim Hasenauer who sits on the Foundation board encourages clubs with a project that benefits the 'shared use' community to apply. For example, last year The Sonoma County Trails Council earned $1000 to publish a trails stewardship and crew leader training manual. You can find the grant application with instructions for electronic submittal. If you have any questions, let Jim, or IMBA Rep Cathy Haagen-Smit know.

Video: Cuyuna Lakes Ride Center Will Offer Standout Trail Facility
A high-quality video (click on the "segment 2" link) shows how IMBA's Ride Center in Minnesota is bringing new life to an incredible but long-neglected landscape.

Video: Idaho Velodrome and Cycling Park Inspiring Young Riders
Check out the video footage from the Idaho Velodrome and Cycling Park. IMBA's Trail Solutions was contracted to help put the plans for the mountain bike area together. We have passed along that client relationship to master trailbuilder Judd de Vall. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew will be on hand for a celebration of the facility on Oct. 4.

Bikes Belong Grants Helping Build MTB Trails
An $8,000 grant from Bikes Belong will support Team Evergreen Trailblazers' trail work in the Buffalo Creek Recreation Area of the Pike National Forest. A major destination for mountain bikers from the Denver and Colorado Springs metro areas, the trail system at Buffalo Creek is well loved - and well used. Trail expansion there will help mitigate user conflict by giving equestrians, mountain bikers, and hikers more room to ride and roam. Learn more about Bikes Belong grants.

Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Seeks New Team
The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is searching for a full-time, professional two-person team position in the highly successful Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program. This opportunity requires a passion for mountain biking, excellent communication and volunteer organizational skills, and team compatibility. The Crew will travel nearly all year in a specially outfitted 2009 Subaru Outback. The application deadline is Oct. 3, 2008.

Apply for a 2009 Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Visit
Do you need to reinvigorate your local volunteers? Are you looking to expand your club's capacity to do more great work? Is your local mountain bike community in need of some guidance? Apply today for a 2009 Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew visit and you could be selected to host one of IMBA's expert crews.

Join IMBA's Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
IMBA clubs and patrols around the globe will celebrate the fifth annual National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008. The event provides a great opportunity to help kids have fun. All you need to do is visit IMBA's website, register your ride and plan an excursion. Find an event in your area with our online listings.

Do NOT Miss Biketoberfest 2008
Biketoberfest 2008 features a market expo with bike builders, manufactures, merchants, bicycle teams, clubs and land management and environmental representatives. Biketoberfest 2008 activities include guided group road and mountain bike rides finishing at the festival; a vintage bicycle exhibit; bike swap; and events for kids. Plus live music, great food and organically grown produce from Northern California.11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. in Fairfax, CA.

Chill in the Cali Jogger Jacket
Comfy and perfect pre- and post-ride, the Cali Jogger is equally at home on local singletrack as it is taking the townie down the street for a burrito. RIDE Icon on the sleeve and additional IMBA logo on the back. $49.

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