MCBC Off-road forum a big success

As many of you already know, I joined the Board of Directors of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition.  One of the most exciting parts of being a board director is being part of the new Off-Road/Mountain Bike Committee. Last week, I was one of four moderators who participated in the first of several Off-road bicycle forums.  I welcome your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below. 

Thanks! SFP

On Monday, November 14, 70 people attended the Marin County Bicycle Coalition's public forum introducing their new Off-road program and MCBC collected input on priorities for a successful program. After a brief introduction by MCBC Executive Director Kim Baenisch covering their many on-road successes, Kim introduced the 4 “E’s” that will guide the new Off-road program: Environment, Education, Enhancement and Enforcement.

After the introduction a diverse audience of stakeholders broke-up into smaller groups and headed to one of four stations. Each group spent 15 minutes at each “E” station to suggest how best to address land stewardship, trail etiquette, compliance with rules and trail enhancement. Here are some of the things MCBC heard: 

Enhancement
  • Trail maintenance and quality design are key
  • Focus on trail connections as a way to expand access between points
  • Make better signage, from trail etiquette to interpretive signs
Enforcement
  • Encourage self-policing to create good behavior through peer pressure
  • Expand volunteer bike patrol
  • Increased trail opportunities may increase compliance
  • Hold traffic school for off-road citations to teach proper trail behavior
Education
  • There needs to be one place to learn all the trail etiquette rules for safe trail access
  • Retail outlets for provision of education (Handouts, rule books, workshops, etc)
  • Expand NorCal’s “Spirit of Howdy”
  • Consistent signage, trail rules and trail maps throughout Marin’s many parks
  • Desire for more bike rider and equestrian education
Environment
  • Trail adoption program for bike shops and trail user groups
  • Volunteering for trail work and patrols
  • Build sustainable trails to protect and improve the environment
  • Reporting illegal activities including rouge trails and marijuana farms
  • Pay to play concept for trail access
  • Habitat protection and interpretive signage

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