San Diego Mountain Biking Association – SDMBA

San Diego Mountain Biking Association – SDMBA


The agenda is access to trails. when we had the protest ride, I think that
really changed things and it let a lot of higher up people know that we represent a lot
more people then just the handful of people they see out doing trail work on a trail work
day. When mountain biking came out it was just
this new thing and a lot of times people react to new things out of fear. A lot of trails
were banned to mountain biking, and so groups like SDMBA kind of came up as a reaction to
that. San Diego Mountain Biking Association has
formed such a good partnership with Crestridge Ecological Reserve. And because of the liasion
that the Moutain Biking Association had working within the park. That park is CDFW property
and it’s managed by a conservation group, so their primary concern is conservation.
By working with the Mountain Biking Association they’ve been able to reroute some horrible,
unsustainable, steep rutted fire roads, and put in some really nice contour single track
trails, increase their trail mileage, and replace the scar of erosion with habitat. People are so hungry for new trails, and the
thing is, if there’s a new trail, a biker’s going to follow it. “look something new”.
A lot of the stuff you’re riding is a fire road, and then you come across a single track
trail in a park and it says no Mountain Bikes on the single track and you’re like “what
the heck”. Illegal trail building is usually a response
to not enough trails being on the ground. We can come and try to work with agencies
to design and build and maintain good quality bicycle trails, but if at the same time, there’s
illegal trail being put in, that kind of undermines the trust between the two groups. Well, if people are not happy with their options
for recreation. If they want to see better quality trails, more trails, more connectivity
between parks, they can’t just sit back and complain about it. Becoming a member and giving
us $30 a year is nice but that doesn’t get the work done. We need active people to speak
up, and form relationships with people are decision makers and policy makers. We’re just
a small group of people, and we’re all working on volunteer time. So, if you want to see
some changes happening, you really need to step up and participate.