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!