Recap: Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Meeting

    Last night’s special joint session of the Santa Cruz City Council and Parks and Recreation Commission overflowed from City Council Chambers into the neighboring Civic Auditorium. MBoSC would like to extend a huge thank you to those of you that attended to show and voice your support for the Draft Parks and Recreation 2030 Master Plan, which contains recommendations for new multi-use and mountain bike specific trails in City Parks. Our strong showing was clearly noted by Council and the Parks Commission. Mountain bikers dominated both written correspondence leading up to the meeting and comments during the meeting.  Continue reading

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CANCELLED: Dig Day at Soquel Demonstration State Forest – Saturday 2/11

This Saturday’s Dig Day at SDSF has been cancelled. This round of weather has been hitting harder than expected and has once again led to mudslides and downed trees that have compromised access to and within the forest. The Forest remains closed, please stay away until CAL FIRE can address issues there.

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Next General Meeting: Wednesday 2/22/17

We are excited to announce our next general meeting will be held at Cycleworks on Mission Street on Wednesday, February 22nd at 6:30pm. Come on out to hear the latest and greatest from Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz. There will be snacks and refreshments from New Bohemia Brewery. We can’t wait to see you!

 

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ACTION ALERT: Downhill-only mountain bike trail proposed in Pogonip! Community Support Needed! Public Meeting! Write a Letter!

What: Downhill-only mountain bike trail in Pogonip proposed by City of Santa Cruz
How you can help: Attend Public Meeting
When: Tuesday February 7th at 7pm
Where:  City Council Chambers, 809 Center St #10, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Can’t make it? Write a letter! Details below… Continue reading

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A Message From Our Trail and Business Manager Matt De Young On Wet Weather Riding Etiquette

Wet Weather Riding Etiquette

Hi folks,

You may have noticed that this winter has been significantly wetter than those in recent years, as such it’s a good time to brush up on some wet-weather riding etiquette. Here are a few things that will keep you out of the mud and minimize your impact on the trails and environment.

1. If your tire is leaving an imprint on the trail, it is too wet to ride. A tire imprint on a wet trail is the first step to a rut, or mud hole. Please realize that someone, a trail builder, a volunteer, or parks staff will have to take the time to smooth out your tracks and repair winter trail damage.

2. Respect seasonal trail closures – State Parks and UCSC post trail closures when conditions are too wet for public access. Please respect these postings. UCSC Natural Reserve staff have requested that trail users respect and avoid the closures, especially those at the meadows around Marshall Fields and the Seven Springs Trail(s) through the Forest Ecology Research Plot. Soquel Demonstration State Forest is temporarily closed while CAL FIRE inventories and addresses storm damage.

3. Be strategic about where you choose to ride if it has been raining. Trails through flat areas don’t drain very well and are susceptible to becoming muddy quagmires. Trails across steeper side slopes drain much better. Steeper is better when it has been raining a lot. Soil type plays a big part in a trail’s ability to drain. A fire road armored with rock is a much better alternative to a flatish dirt trail. Sandier trails dry out the quickest. Taking a trip to Ft. Ord or riding in sandier areas is a great option.

4. Don’t ride around puddles-ride through them. If you find yourself facing a puddle on the trail, ride though it. Riding around it will lead to widening of the trail. Keep singletrack single.

5. Sometimes it is just too wet to ride trails. Dust off your road bike, rebuild your bottom bracket, read a book, be a well-rounded human…

6. Do trail work. The wet season is our trail work season here in Santa Cruz. Volunteer with MBoSC on the trails. Check out upcoming opportunities below.

Make good choices out there this winter folks!

Thanks,

Matt De Young
MBoSC Trail and Business Manager

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