Hello fellow SMBC members! We hope that you are enjoying the AMAZING spring weather and that you are putting your new bells to good use.
Our board is excited to be meeting with Patrick Kell, South Western Regional Director of IMBA on Monday May 20th, 2013 to discuss the SMBC and IMBA’s partnership moving forward.
It is our intention to present your comments and concerns to Patrick that you have voiced via the club website and those that were written at our first annual general membership meeting.
We would also like to discuss with Patrick how the SMBC and IMBA can become a more effective team and more relevant in representing those interests.
Please feel free to post any comments or questions that you would like us to deliver to Patrick in the “Comments” section of this post
If you would like your comments to remain anonymous please email them to email@example.com and note this in the body of the email. As always, to insure accountability and transparency your comments will be printed out and provided to Patrick at the meeting.
We’re looking forward to an exciting and successful 2013 and to the future.
Sincerely, your SMBC board.
Thank you for your participation and support. Ride On!
Hey gang, it’s our club philosophy that we cherish feedback. We are happy to provide a link to this informative article that gives a solid perspective from outside our community. The following are a few important facts that are important to update from the SMBC.
-The SMBC membership has doubled in Q1 of 2013
-The SMBC continues to reach out to the forest service through a variety of community supported initiatives
-The SMBC still disagrees with discrimination against mountain bikers
-The recently launched SMBC “bell” program is a solid example of the club working positively to enhance trail users experiences in Sedona.
SMBC Members Have Bells!
Seriously, as a THANKS to all SMBC members who attended the amazing meeting on Thursday night, all of you received a gift of a trail bell to be picked up at one of the three supporting bike shops: Absolute, Bike & Bean, and Fat Tire. Others can support the program by donating $5.00 and receiving a “thank you bell”. The bell program was adopted from a sister advocacy group in San Diego the SDMBA. So a big thanks for encouragement from SDMBA members Chris Hatch and Jason Liebrecht. The bike bell program has become a huge hit in San Diego by reducing trail user conflicts with mountain bikers. With fewer trails to ride the SMBC recognizes the need to be heard on the trails before conflicts arise. So if you hear the sound of a bell out there get ready to see a bike coming up.
The bells are different than the traditional thumb activated bells because they are passive. Setting the bell to “ring” on faster sections assures you are heard before the next blind turn without compromising your grip or counting on rider judgment about what turns are blind. With the cooperation of the RRRD future SMBC bell programs will include “hike up” bell-boxes at the trail bottoms and “ride down” bell-boxes at the top so visitors can participate and stay safe as well.
Again a big thanks to the rapidly growing SMBC membership for participation at the meeting. We can’t wait to “hear” you out on the trails!
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The title was taken from the conclusion notes in a 2009 study by the Nature Conservancy. And yet, there is a whole crop of up and coming people becoming engaged through mountain biking. Here is a link to a recent article in Elevation Outdoors Magazine that discusses the need for new blood in the conservation movement. It certainly challenges a common misnomer about mountain bikers as a user group.
Mountain Biking and Conservation Groups Teaming Up