Mountain bike advocacy news from the US, Australia

International Mountain Bicycling Association reports from around the world

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) is asking riders to work with the agency on trail creation, rather than constructing illegal trails on public lands.

"New user-constructed mountain bike trails are appearing all over the Lake Tahoe Basin, causing safety concerns, as well as damage to natural and historical resources," an agency statement read.

IMBA California Policy Advisor Tom Ward has meetings scheduled with Forest Service staff in Lake Tahoe, and will report further developments.  

Santa Barbara trails reopen

The US Forest Service, County of Santa Barbara and City of Santa Barbara will reopen several trails that were damaged by the May 5 Jesusita Fire.

Riders with the Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers and other local groups helped revive Rattlesnake Trail, West Fork of Cold Spring Trail, and the Jesusita Trail from San Roque Road to Inspiration Point.

"The Tunnel and Tunnel Connector trails, and the eastern leg of the Jesusita Trail from Inspiration Point to Tunnel Trail will remain closed due to additional clean-up,  and stabilisation work that needs to be done over the next couple months to aid in the recovery efforts for the Mission Canyon area,” said Santa Barbara County Parks Director Daniel C. Hernandez.

Bill's Trail in Marin County faces challenge

California State Parks recently announced that it will delay its plans to open Bill's Trail to bicycle use, but mountain bikers are still pushing for more equitable access to this and other trails in Marin County.

"Our position has not changed," notes IMBA California Policy Advisor Tom Ward. "Mountain biking is a popular activity that promotes health and well-being, and it's compatible with other recreational uses.

"We fully expect that state parks will soon introduce a new plan to facilitate increased bicycle access," he added.

Augusta hosting 2010 World Summit

Augusta, Georgia, will host the 2010 IMBA World Summit (May 5-8).

The event, expected to be the largest yet in IMBA's history of hosting international summits. Topics will include new programmes for IMBA clubs, developing destination and urban trail networks, land conservation and sustainable trailbuilding and youth outreach.

In addition to informative seminars and networking, the gathering will feature great parties and plenty of riding -- including a catered tour of the Forks Area Trail System (FATS) an IMBA Epic.

Mountain Bike Australia selects executive director

Mountain Bike Australia has announced that Nick Bowman will serve as its first National Director.

Bowman has been involved in sustainable mountain biking development in South Australia since 2002. His work has focused on improving trail access, securing funding and getting approvals for singletrack trails. He has also helped design and build some of the region's iconic trail systems, including Fox Creek, Eagle Park and the City of Mitcham trails.

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