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Moving Fast But With Intention

Our Q2 update on all things CAMTB

And just like that, the first half of 2022 is complete! On behalf of the CAMTB Board of Directors, I am pleased to share our Q2 update.  See below for details on our work these past 3 months, as well as insights on what’s ahead. 

In community,

Michael Anzalone
Executive Director, CAMTB


Membership.  The CAMTB member community continues to grow steadily. We recently added three new member organizations: 

This brings our member organization count up to count to 25, with a combined representation of 15,000+ riders here in California. Additional members are in the works from the Shasta/Trinity/Redding area, North Coast, Central Sierras, and the Inland Empire regions.  We’re anticipating recruiting 5-7 additional organizations by the end of Q3 and the same in Q4. Stay tuned for more member announcements months ahead! 

What’s up next for CAMTB members? We have four very important opportunities for the CAMTB member community to inform our work ahead:

  1. Mid-year member check-ins (now through mid-July)
  2. Member Survey to share feedback and to express your priorities for the coming year – (mid-July)
  3. Advisory Council Meeting (Aug 12)
  4. Inaugural CAMTB Member Retreat in Downieville (Sep 24-26)

Advocacy. Thanks to our member community, CAMTB has made great strides the past quarter, especially with the emerging CA State Parks initiative. Our member-led Legislative & Government Affairs Working Group continues to provide policy and legislation oversight for the CAMTB member community. To support this work, the group initiated the development of a public facing legislative tracker to provide updates, positions, and recommended actions on state and federal legislation impacts the off-road cycling community. This resource will live here on the CAMTB website, and be available for free.  Action Item: Do you have a passion for legislation? Contact us today to learn more about participating in the Legislative & Government Affairs Working Group.

CA State Parks. After a series of insights gathering interviews and a strategic planning session in Santa Cruz, our CA State Parks work is underway. Five member-led teams have been formed to lead some foundational work, including:

  1. Fostering trust with the Leadership teams of CA State Parks Directors Office, and Partnerships Office
  2. Understanding the priorities of the CA State Parks District Superintendents (collectively and individually) and becoming a solutions provider to help address those pursuits
  3. Influencing local Road & Trails Management Planning and the related Change In Use Process
  4. Helping Member Organizations get the most out of the CA State Parks Trails Manual
  5. Addressing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in CA State Parks

This work is paving the way for our member community to make even greater contributions to the CA State Parks trail system. We also see this approach as an roadmap for working with other Land Managers in the state, like US Forest Service, BLM and CalFire. 

US Forest Service. Over 80% of the CAMTB member organizations are currently working with the US Forest Service, which makes them a prime candidate for our next land manager engagement. In Q2 of this year CAMTB reached out to the USFS Region 5 leadership team to open lines of communication with the agency and establish regular check-in calls with their Trails Program Lead. 

Additionally, CAMTB has been brought into two USFS trail planning efforts – one in the Stanislaus NF and another in the Modoc NF –  to help familiarize ourselves with the process. Before any specific coalition work commences, however, our Q3 focus will be on forming a member-led USFS steering committee to help define our shared needs and identify opportunities for engagement.  While this group takes shape we will also be actively recruiting off-road cycling advocacy organizations with USFS.  

The Art of Advocacy. In May CAMTB and its members attended the California Outdoor Recreation Partnership Virtual Summit, which was hosted in partnership with Outdoor Alliance. 

Over the course of 3 days, we heard from industry speakers, connected with other outdoor recreation advocates, and met with our state legislative offices to advocate on behalf of several bills for equitable access to the outdoors. CAMTB was well represented in each of the 8 regions. Member met with over 25 electeds and their staff including Assemblymembers David Chiu and Buffy Weeks and State Senators Nancy Skinner and Scott D. Wiener

To build on this experience, CATMB will be hosting an Art of Advocacy workshop for members, as a lead in to our own Virtual Legislative Summit with State lawmakers in September. The summit will provide members with an excellent opportunity to strengthen relationships with their district elected officials, while also advancing CAMTB’s shared advocacy platform of Stewardship, Access, and Inclusion

Next-Gen Advocacy: MindShift Youth Ambassador Program. Last month, CAMTB re-convened its Youth Ambassador Working Group to give shape to MindShift, an emerging program developed in partnership with the NorCal and SoCal NICA leagues. The program is slated to launch in January of 2022, and will build on NICA’s existing Teen Trail Corps program by helping cultivate the next generation of off-road cycling advocates in California.

SoCal League Riders

Over the course of 6 mos, a select # of junior and senior Teen Trail Corp Captains will be offered unique experiential learning and leadership development opportunities to support their post-high school pursuits.  Participants will be given the opportunity to build relationships with professional and fellow student riders, while representing CAMTB, the NorCal and SoCal Leagues, and local CAMTB member organizations at various trail events, workshops, and lobby days with lawmakers and land managers. 

For the Love of the Trails. Now is the time to continue growing the trail advocacy organization that the Golden State needs and deserves.  Please consider making a one time or reoccurring donation in support of CAMTB and our 25 trail advocacy organizations.

Contributions by passionate mountain bikers and advocates like you will be used to Increase the capacity of a statewide trail advocacy organization; to create awareness of the issues which limit trail access for local clubs across the state; develop messaging that will foster a positive image of mountain biking to emphasize education, diversity, and healthy lifestyle choices; support our advocacy efforts with CA State Parks, the U.S. Forest, and in Sacramento; and last but not least, to build an effective and collaborative resource hub for trail advocacy best practices.`

Upcoming Events. And to wrap things up, we’ve been in deep planning mode these past three months, setting our sights on some excellent upcoming events. Stay tuned and save the date for:

  • Lobby Laps – South Coast Edition in San Diego (Jul 31)
  • CAMTB Advisory Council Meeting (Aug 12)
  • The Art of Advocacy Workshop (Aug 20)
  • CAMTB Virtual Lobby Day in Sacramento (Sep 13-15)
  • CAMTB Connected Member Retreat in Downieville (Sep 24-26)
  • Sea Otter Classic (Oct 7-10)
  • Lobby Laps – North Coast Edition in Mendocino (Nov 1)

CAMTB’s CA State Parks Summary Advocacy Plan is Here!

Introduction

In March 2021, California In March 2021, California Mountain Biking Coalition (CAMTB) commissioned an advocacy report and work plan to inform its engagement with CA State Parks for the coming years. Exploratory interviews with its Board of Directors and its Legislative & Government Affairs Working Group were conducted by Bill Keene, CAMTB’s Senior Advisor. Subsequently, CAMTB held a day-long strategy session on April 23, 2021 with the same audience. The following abbreviated report highlights the output of this collective work and contains the following:

  • Summary themes from the interviews & strategy session
  • Details of CAMTB’s Advocacy Platform; and 
  • Next steps for bringing this important work to life.
Rider at Montaña de Oro State Park, near Morro Bay

Summary

CAMTB currently represents 23 California-based 501(c)3 off-road cycling advocacy organizations. Our affiliates span 8 major geographic regions, including Shasta/Cascade, Sacramento Valley, Sierra/Sierra Foothills, San Joaquin Valley, and Southern Inland, as well as the North, Central, and Southern Coast regions. Combined, CAMTB affiliates represent 15,000+ riders across the state. 89% of these organizations work directly with California Department of Parks and Recreation to enhance trail systems while protecting the valuable natural resources. Our discovery interviews yielded a number interesting CA State Park management themes that are impeding our member’s ability to enhance CA State Parks trail systems for for bikers hikers, and equestrians alike. They include:

Leadership
  • Lengthy response times or no response from staff and leadership;
  • Leadership and staff turnover have regularly resulted in stalled and/or eliminated projects;
  • Lack of transparency and inconsistency in decision-making within the organization
Operational & Procedural
  • Dated CA State Parks Trails Manual – existing standards are insufficient and require revision to meet the needs of modern recreational users (e.g. standards don’t allow in-slope turns or drainage features like rolling dips; policy for trails is that trails are secondary to natural resources, so trails are not allowed to be focus of any project;
  • No modern tool kit for managing and creating trails (other jurisdictions at least have a tool kit (e.g. U.S. Forest Service or Marin County Parks);
  • Ineffective Change in Use process – requests are rarely approved, and even if approved, take years to complete;
  • Policy and Procedural – inconsistencies in one place vary from park to park and district to district, and in many cases are tied to a person/team
  • Limited opportunity for public engagement or input in major policy initiatives at the State or local District level;
  • Reluctancy to work with volunteer groups, and in some cases, active undermining of volunteer efforts has occurred;
Funding & Development
  • Inability to allocate private donor funding to specific projects – all donated funding goes into a general fund;
  • Projects at the District level stall due to lack of funding;
  • General Usage
General Usage
  • Where parks are near population centers, CA State Parks  has not effectively adapted to meet the volume, diversity and needs of users, especially in the urban interface areas.
    • Opportunities are not available where people live (for example, for the most part, there are no CA State Parks  or trails in urbanized areas leading to issues of equity in underserved areas)
Off-Road Cycling Specific
  • In many regions, off-road cyclists treated by CA State Parks staff as a secondary user group
  • Out of date Natural Resources Code stipulates that access to the natural resources must be purpose of any new trail. This prevents development of bike-only trails
  • Inconsistent E-Bike usage policy on trails in CA State Parks  (guidance is not clear; whether the State or District staff have jurisdiction);
  • Bicycle-legal single track trail mileage has not increased in proportion to the increase in ridership.
Volunteer Trail Crew Day organized by CAMTB member, Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship, at Wilder Ranch State Park near Santa Cruz

Our CA State Parks Advocacy Platform

Based on the expressed shared challenges above, the CAMTB member community is focusing its efforts on three key areas:

Advocacy Pillar 1:  Trail Access and Enhancement – CAMTB will advance new and enhance existing bike-friendly trail opportunities at all CA State Parks, and influence the policies and procedures used to manage these resources. In time, CAMTB will support the development of a statewide trails foundation that will assist in the common goal of increased and enhanced trails for all recreational users.

Advocacy Pillar 2:  Stewardship and Sustainability – CAMTB will develop a statewide initiative aimed at expanding the culture of stewardship and environmental sustainability within the mountain biking community. These efforts will amplify and expand upon the outstanding work of local CAMTB chapters, and provide replicable models for other trail advocacy organizations across the state.

Advocacy Pillar 3:  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the Outdoors – CAMTB will, with CA State Parks  input, develop a DEI framework for Outdoor Recreation in California, and run several pilots with CAMTB members. CAMTB’s DEI framework, and supporting programs, will be implemented across the state to the majority of its chapters within 3 years, to that underserved and disadvantaged communities are seen, heard and embraced in outdoor recreation.

Rider in Annadel State Park, near Santa Rosa

Next Steps

To bring these three advocacy pillars to life, CAMTB will be forming member-led action committees, which will launch in June 2021. These committees will help ensure that the work is both shared and representative of the various needs that have been expressed by our larger member community across the state. Our work in year one will focus largely on developing trust and building relationships within CA State Parks, including the Director’s Office and the Office of Partnerships, as well as the offices of the regional Superintendents.

We will also be pursuing partnership opportunities with CA State Parks affiliated entities, such as the California State Parks Foundation,  Parks California, and the State Parks Commission.  In time, we expect these efforts to create opportunities at the state and local level to address the systemic challenges we seek to resolve. Action committee efforts will be tracked internally against our established CA State Parks work plan and associated metrics. Periodic updates will be shared with the CAMTB Members, as well as the larger off-road cycling community in California noting progress and opportunities for further engagement.


This report was prepared on behalf of California Mountain Biking Coalition, a 501(c) 4 nonprofit organization incorporated in the State of California. It is intended for informational purposes only and can only be used with permission by the California Mountain Biking Coalition. For questions or to request permission to use this document, Please contact CAMTB by way of email at info@CAMTB.org.


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Collaboration Will Strengthen Grassroots Advocacy Efforts in California

(April 28, 2021) — The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and the California Mountain Biking Coalition (CAMTB) are pleased to announce their efforts to partner together to help better address statewide advocacy efforts in the state of California. 

“For many years California has set the bar for mountain biking advocacy challenges and successes, and we’re excited to help support a more organized and cohesive voice for mountain biking in the state.” said Anthony Duncan, IMBA’s Director of Local Programs.

IMBA and CAMTB will work together to provide advocacy education opportunities for grassroots mountain biking organizations in the state and together implement mutually beneficial strategies that advance mountain biking. The IMBA Local program includes 18 Partners in California, and CAMTB has 20 member organizations

“The California Mountain Biking Coalition is delighted to forge this new partnership with IMBA and we look forward to collaboratively supporting sustainable trail systems in California and beyond. We see IMBA and CAMTB as vital links in the chain of advocacy, and in cooperation, we will be more effective in our state and federal conversations with land managers and legislators. Support services provided by the IMBA Local program will give many of our member organizations here in California the necessary footing to expand their capacity and reach,” said Michael Anzalone, Executive Director for CAMTB.

IMBA and CAMTB have already partnered to bring a two-part advocacy workshop to the mountain bike community of California. The virtual workshop consisted of two parts: 1) understanding advocacy and the legislative process, and 2) how to put that knowledge into practice for mountain biking. In addition to the advocacy topics the group delved into current legislative proposals which specifically benefit mountain bikers in California. 

Trail use and mountain biking has grown considerably in the past year, a trend that many communities have been noticing for much longer. This trend of more people enjoying riding bikes on trails benefits the community in a variety of ways, but also presents challenges as trails become more crowded. Helping address these challenges by strategically connecting local efforts to state planning can help drive an increase in funding, access and trails in California and in communities across the country. 

About IMBA

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) creates, enhances and protects great places to ride mountain bikes. It is focused on creating more trails close to home to grow the quantity and quality of mountain bike trail communities across the U.S., so everyone has access to close-to-home rides and iconic backcountry experiences. Since 1988, IMBA has been the worldwide leader in mountain bike advocacy and the only organization focused entirely on trails and access for all types of mountain bikers in all parts of the U.S. IMBA teaches and encourages low-impact riding, grassroots advocacy, sustainable trail design, innovative land management practices and cooperation among trail user groups. IMBA U.S. is a national network of local groups, individual riders and passionate volunteers working together for the benefit of the entire community. https://www.imba.com/ 

About CAMTB The California Mountain Biking Coalition is a 501c4 nonprofit organization, incorporated in 2019 in the State of California. CAMTB grew out of the recognized need for a state-wide voice for mountain bikers in California. CAMTB’s growing member organizations represent over 13,000 riders across the state of California, and exist to ensure that their voices are considered by state-level policy makers, legislators, and government agencies.

Reflections and the Trail Ahead

Thank you all for the continued support of California Mountain Biking Coalition and our efforts to build a statewide voice for mountain bikers in California. For those interested, I have included some CAMTB summary highlights, which outlines our recent work and key points of focus for 2021. It has been an absolute pleasure working with you the past 8 months and I can’t wait to see the fruits of our collective labor come to life!  

All my best,

Michael

Michael Anzalone
Executive Director
michael@camtb.org // 415.602.2694


CAMTB 2021 Q1 Update

CAMTB’s Lobby Laps Kickoff, Oct 2021

Membership. In 12 short months we expanded our membership from five founding organizations to 19, and now represent over 13,000 riders across the state of California!  We have an ambitious but attainable goal of  to double our member organization count by the end of 2021, so that all 8 regions are all well represented.  Latest additions to our roster include. SAGE Trail Alliance and Yosemite Southgate Trails Cooperative

Budget. The CAMTB 2021 Budget has been approved by the Board of Directors and includes funding for:

  • Contract lobbying support for State Parks
  • Contract development support to help reach fundraising goals
  • Spring Summer communications intern
  • Expanded Executive Director role 
  • New Tools – EveryAction to provide platform for our advocacy, communications, and development work
  • Expanded Events to grow the coalition audience

Advocacy. We have a newly minted CAMTB Legislative and Govt Affairs Working Group led by an amazing group of members from FATRAC, Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz, CORBA, SFUrban Riders, SAGE Trail Alliance and SDMBA. They’ll be advising on our CA State Parks, USFS, and California legislative engagement plans.  

Based on a recent member survey and feedback, California State Parks and US Forest Service will be our priority agencies to engage in 2021.  To start, we have contracted a California State Parks advisor, Bill Keene. Bill will be helping CAMTB create its State Parks engagement plan, lead preliminary outreach efforts, and develop an organizational map of CA State Parks and its key influencers. In parallel we will be working with the LGA Working Group to form our US Forest Service action plan as well. 

For 2021 our California State Parks efforts will include:

  1. Discovery – research &  intel gathering to identify key issues and challenges across the state, summarized in a report that we will share with members. (Target Completion of Draft, Apr 23)
  2. Alignment – hosting a State Parks strategy session in Santa Cruz on 4/23 with members of the CAMTB Exec committee and the Legislative and Govt Affairs Working Group to build alignment and consensus
  3. Engagement Plan Development (Target Completion May 15) – informed by the Discovery results and 4/23 strategic planning session. This will be presented to the larger member community in early May for comment
  4. Engagement – early on this means cultivating a shared relationship (under the CAMTB umbrella) with State Parks leadership/staff  fostering trust with them,  and exploring how we (CAMTB And State Parks) can build a fruitful partnership. We will be actively seeking 1-2 mutually beneficial projects that will help demonstrate our commitment to collaboration
  5. Organizational Mapping – living shared resource, including internal/external stakeholders and influencers – will be made available to CAMTB members.

Where we go from here will be determined by the evolving needs of member community, expressed through the Advisory Council and by our Legislative & Government Affairs Working Group.  A similar, but ultimately unique approach will applied the other land mangers, including USFS, which is also a 2021 priority agency.

In addition to our work on State Parks and the Forest Service we are prioritizing support of our members and partner efforts to influence mission-aligned legislation, including outreach and letters of opposition/support to legislators across the state.  

To date CAMTB has led or contributed to the following advocacy efforts here in the State:

  • Signed on to National Parks and Recreation Association Joint Statement on Safe Use of Parks during Covid-19
  • Support letter for Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship CA OHV Grant request
  • Support letter to BLM for Cotoni-Coast Dairies Project in Santa Cruz County
  • Support letter to Caltrans for Highway 17 Regional Trail and Wildlife Crossing Project
  • Support letter for Hidden Falls Regional Park Trail Expansion Project 
  • Lake Tahoe West Restoration Project Scoping
  • Federal Agencies’ Policy on E-bikes
  • City of Murrietta Development/Greer Ranch
  • Lakes Basin and Sherwins Area Trail Enhancement Project Scoping
  • CAMTB Statewide eBike Policy recommendations 
  • REMBA’s COVID Public Safety videos
  • 2020 Legislative Voting Guide 
  • Support Letter for AB 122 to California Assembly Transportation Committee

Board of Directors. CAMTB initiated the first phase of its expansion by putting out a call for nominations to the member community and beyond.  The candidates are currently being reviewed, and once complete, the CAMTB Executive Committee will present a slate to the Advisory Council for consideration. As part of our expressed commitment to addressing JEDI in recreation, we, with intention, will be seeking to fill our roster with underrepresented voices. 

Advisory Council. In August of last year we convened for our first Advisory Council (AC) meeting. We’ve hosted 3 gatherings since and will continue meeting with this trusted group of member advisors on a quarterly basis going forward.  The AC is an essential component of our work, serving all of the sensory functions of the organization. Its input thus far is helping ensure that CAMTB is thoughtfully considering important issues like eBikes or Bikes in Wilderness. It’s also playing a vital role in the cultural development of CAMTB.  

We are excited to announce that Nikki Peterson, Executive Director of the SoCal League, has just been nominated and approved to serve as the council’s second Chair.  The founding Chair, Austin McInerny, will continue to serve on the AC as a representative of Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay – we are forever grateful for Austin’s guidance and commitment to CAMTB the past two years. 

Justice. Equity. Diversity. Inclusion. CAMTB has made a public commitment, both organizationally and as a community, to address Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, in outdoor recreation by first taking a hard and truthful look in the mirror. This week we also launched Justice Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Working Group. And later this fall we will be launching three JEDI pilots with CAMTB member organizations to serve as roadmaps – first for our members, and in time for the larger  recreation community.  CAMTB will be seeking underwriting from corporate sponsors to contract a DEI specialist to lead the pilots and generate a summary white paper of the findings. Participation in the pilot will come at no or little direct expense to the pilot organizations, save staff time.  MBoSC, A4B, and SDMBA come to mind, given the scale of these orgs, but I’m open to others if there’s interest.

Next-Gen Engagement. The NorCal and SoCal Leagues are important members of and partners to CAMTB, as they maintain a vital link to the next generation of trail riding advocacy in California.  In recognition of this, CAMTB will be exploring the development of a CAMTB Youth Ambassador program with the NorCal and SoCal Leagues. The program will activate young leaders across the state in support of volunteer trail days and our advocacy with State Parks, the USFS, and with legislators in Sacramento.  

Events. We have an expanded events calendar this year, which includes presence at and hosting of: 

  • CA Trails & Greenways – Apr 5-7
  • Lobby Laps – Jun (Tahoe), Aug (San Diego), Oct (Mendocino)
  • A Spring State Parks Caucus – Apr (to inform our State Parks action plan)
  • A Fall Legislative Caucus – Sep (to inform our California legislative action plan)
  • CA Trails Advocacy Web Series – May, Sep, Nov
  • In-Person Lobby Day in Sacramento – TBD

Partners. CAMTB has renewed its commitments with Together Bay Area, Recreate Responsibly, California Outdoor Recreation Partnership (CORP), and forged a new partnership with IMBA, as to become an IMBA Local Affiliate. This provides all CAMTB members a 20% discount on the IMBA Local membership fee, and unlocks valuable shared resources for us and our members.We’re deepening our engagement with Outdoor Alliance and actively seeking opportunities to play a supporting role in any mission-aligned legislative efforts including AB3030 over the next year.

What did we miss?! Got questions or comments? Email me here for more info. //Michael

CAMTB 2021 Board Recruitment

The California Mountain Biking Coalition (CAMTB) is seeking  a diverse mix of passionate individuals (mountain bikers preferred!) who can help us build our board with the strategic skill set that will help CAMTB achieve its “5 Whys” (see below).

These skills include, but are not limited to:

  • Fundraising and finance
  • Understanding of the legislative process
  • Lobbying and political engagement
  • Partnership and coalition development
  • Land management/use and environmental review processes (CEQA, NEPA)
  • Trail planning/mapping and building experience
  • Law/Science/Environmental degree
  • Non-profit management experience
  • Marketing and public relations

In alignment with our commitment with Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, CAMTB is committed to cultivating a Board of Directors with diverse representation, and year over year increase in gender, racial diversity, and geographic representation.

CAMTB Board Member Goals

How do we effectuate the “5 Whys”?

  1. Create an environment for trail-based organization leadership from across the State of California to collaborate and work together in order to further our common goals.
  2. Seek to improve riding opportunities near communities and increase accessibility to all communities regardless of socioeconomic conditions.
  3. Increase awareness of mountain biking and trail issues in California through interaction with legislators, land managers. lobbyists, other trail user groups, bicycle clubs as well as the public.
  4. Assist member organizations in their efforts to educate users on sustainable trail development, trail courtesy and safety.
  5. Represent CAMTB interests in public forums and to recreation land managers, advocating improved and equitable trail access.
  6. Assist organizations in their efforts towards building new trails and in the maintenance of existing trails.
  7. Develop a statewide vision of high quality and diverse riding opportunities for the mountain biking community in California.
  8. Create active, engaged communities of riders statewide who are willing to donate, volunteer and support CAMTB’s mission as well as help support all our member organizations.
  9. To develop a broad and sustainable funding model that ensures the long-term viability of the organization, and also seeks to improve models and conditions for our member organizations.

Board Member Roles And Responsibilities

Board Members must be: 

  • Committed to the mission and vision of CAMTB
  • Active in the trail community, and supportive of the mountain bike community
  • Willing to dedicate time, ensure mission advancement and serve as an ambassador within the community to deepen CAMTB relationships with land managers, financial and industry partners, members, and supporters. 

Board Members commit to spending approximately 8-12 hours a month on average:

  • Attending quarterly board meetings and any special meetings called during the year.  
  • Willing to serve on CAMTB Committee assignments as necessary.
  • Preparing board and committee work products outside of meetings. 
  • Developing relationships with key donors or sponsors.
  • Voluntarily represent CAMTB at public and community events and activities outside of our regular meetings. 

Board Members also commit to: 

  • Serving a 2 year term, which can be renewed by a vote of the board at the annual meeting.  If a board member chooses to resign; they must do so in writing with a minimum of 1 month advance notice. 
  • Representing the mountain bike community in a professional manner, and holding sensitive information in confidence to avoid any real or apparent conflict of interest.
  • Staying current on policies, activities and trends affecting our mission.
  • Contributing and/or cultivating a personally significant financial donation to the organization on an annual basis.

Application Process

Prospective CAMTB Board Members are encouraged to self-nominate by submitting an application to the nomination form.

Questions and candidate suggestions are welcome.to info@camtb.org.

The recruitment process in 2021 will run through March 1. In subsequent years the process will take place earlier in the year.

The applications will be reviewed in early March and the board, which is self-perpetuating, will elect its new members in mid March.

CAMTB Proposition Endorsements 2020

Nov 3 is approaching quickly, and California Mountain Biking Coalition is encouraging all voters to weigh in on their local, state, and federal races and measures. This year, and per our mission, we sought out measures that directly impacted trail improvement and access for the trail riding community in California. As such, CAMTB is endorsing two local ballot measures this year: Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority Measure T and San Francisco Measure A.

Measure T (Vote Yes). The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority is a very mountain bike friendly land manager. Currently, all the major trails are open to bikes. During this year they have also spent considerable effort keeping their open spaces open. Measure T would continue the existing funding to operate and improve the open space we enjoy. Learn more at https://www.friendsofsantaclaravalleyopenspace.com/measuret


Measure A (Vote Yes). San Francisco’s recovery bond includes a number of important park improvements, including funding for trails. Some of these trails will be open to mountain biking. Measure A is a bond measure, but new bonds would only be issued as old bonds expire, maintaining the current capital spending level. Learn more at https://www.sfrecoverybond.com/.

Every Californian should already have received a ballot in the mail this year. Voter registration closes on October 19th, however, all eligible voters can register conditionally at their place of polling. Learn more at https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections

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For every $5 you contribute, 75% goes into the Marin Trail Fund, established by A4B to fund trail building projects like Easy Grade Trail on Mount Tam. The iconic Easy Grade trail was originally built by the CA Conservation Corp’s in 1935 to access Mount Tamalpais, perhaps the most iconic peak in the entire Bay Area and the birth place of mountain biking. This trail is prohibited to bikes, forcing bikers to navigate the highly trafficked and shoulder-less Pantol Highway. State Parks has approved the change in use of the trail to allow bikes, and has approached the bike community to help fund raise to contribute to the over $400,000 in expected costs. Closing the funding gap will allow State Parks to proceed with permits and construction, connecting yet another piece of our access puzzle in Marin and taking us one step closer to a more connected network.

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CAMTB Becomes Official!

We’re pleased to announce that on June 22, 2020, CAMTB received our nonprofit determination letter from the IRS. We are official!*

With the challenges to getting things done during a pandemic, this took much longer than expected. The delay didn’t prevent us from getting things done: commenting on federal policies and rulemaking processes, supporting legislation that bring more resources to public lands and trails, engaging with other potential partners and member organizations, and providing a forum for discussion among MTB clubs around California.

*Though we are now officially a nonprofit organization, as a 501c4, donations to CAMTB are NOT tax deductible.

CAMTB Statement about Electric Bicycles

In Spring 2020, CAMTB conducted a survey of mountain bike organizations around California, to help inform the development of public comments on the Department of the Interior’s rulemaking process for Electric Bikes.

The findings were presented in a public virtual conference call, and CAMTB submitted comments to the four agencies under the Department of the Interior. Our submitted comments are consistent with the statement below.

This position statement was presented the Advisory Council and revisions were made in November 2020 based on feedback received. The CAMTB board formally adopted the statement o March 10, 2021.

This statement is a “living” document that we intend to re-visit as needed to best comply with changing regulations, demographics, and community needs. It is also available as a PDF. We welcome your feedback


CAMTB STATEMENT CONCERNING ELECTRIC BICYCLES

After much research, review of other policies and input from advocates across California, The California Mountain Biking Coalition (CAMTB) Board of Directors has developed a statement that reflects the input received from our membership organizations regarding e-Bikes and e-Mountain Bikes (e-MTB), hereafter referred to as “e-bikes”.

CAMTB is an organization which was born from the need to build consensus among off-road cycling and trail organizations across California. With e-bikes rising in popularity and quickly becoming a significant and growing user group both on and off-road, CAMTB believes it is in everyone’s best interest to provide clear guidance to public land managers and the communities in which we all ride regarding where and how to accommodate these new and quickly evolving bicycles. Technology is quickly improving with lighter and more integrated systems creating difficulty identifying e-bikes from traditional bikes on the trail. E-bikes have benefited bike shops and bike manufacturers as sales of these bikes are on the rise. Cyclists have also experienced the benefits of this new technology, allowing them to continue to enjoy the outdoors when potential health and mobility challenges might otherwise prevent or seriously limit their saddle time, and lowering the barriers to entry for newer riders.

Notably, California State Vehicle Code defines e-bikes as non-motorized bicycles; as long as its power output is no more than 750 watts, it has a saddle, includes fully operative pedals, and meets the criteria of the following classes according to California Vehicle Code 312.5:

  • Class 1: E-assist only while pedaling, with a maximum assisted speed of 20 mph.
  • Class 2: Can be propelled solely by the motor, with a maximum assisted speed of 20 mph.
  • Class 3: E-assist only while pedaling, with a maximum assisted speed of 28 mph, and has a speedometer.

CAMTB’s intent in releasing an e-bike policy is to ensure that:

  • The management baseline for the various classes of e-bikes is clearly understood and implemented in a consistent manner on publicly managed lands.
  • California public land managers introduce Class I e-bike access on non-motorized trails in locations where the new technology may be appropriate and that decisions affecting where all types of bikes are allowed are made in consultation with local bicycle advocates and interested parties.
  • E-bike management objectives for paved or otherwise improved surface non-motorized trails are separate from e-bike management objectives for natural surface and single track trails.
  • Single track trail access is limited to Class 1 e-bikes only.
  • E-bikes are clearly and consistently labeled in a manner that makes their identification by a layperson as different from entirely human-powered bikes easy and quick.
  • All rules applicable to traditional bicycles apply to electric bicycles when they are being ridden.

As growing evidence indicates, when ridden responsibly, the trail impact (per mile) of e-bikes is similar to that of traditional bikes. Knowing this, CAMTB supports the use of Class 1 e-bikes on all natural surface trails where bicycles are currently allowed, unless there are specific circumstances that warrant a prohibition of their use. Such circumstances include a public or private land manager who restricts their use, or a riding area or trail condition that justifies prohibiting e-bike use. Consistent with CAMTB’s core tenet of supporting local control and engagement in making decisions affecting land use, CAMTB only supports such restrictions or allowances when the local cycling and multi-use trail community is included and engaged in the decision-making process.

Summary Position: CAMTB supports Class 1 e-bike use on any bike-legal non motorized trails unless their use is posted as prohibited by the land manager after consultation with the local cycling and trail user community. CAMTB also supports Class 1 and Class 2 e-bike access to roads, bike lanes and non-motorized paved and improved surface recreational trails, unless specifically restricted or signed closed by the local jurisdiction. CAMTB does not support the use of Class 2 or Class 3 bikes on natural surface trails, but supports their use on streets and unimproved natural surface routes constructed for and open to vehicular traffic or areas designated for off-highway vehicle or motorcycle use. Lastly, CAMTB believes prominent and consistent labeling for all e-bikes containing the classification number, top assisted speed, and motor wattage should be added to all e-bikes, as is required by California law.

CAMTB asks that cyclists check and follow local regulations prior to riding an e-bike and reminds all riders that the trail etiquette for e-bikes is the same as for all other bicycles; please yield to equestrians and hikers on shared-use trails and obey all relevant rules, including speed limits.

DOI Federal Agencies Release E-Bike Draft Regulations

On April 8, 2020, four federal agencies under the Department of the Interior announced proposed rules governing the use of electric mountain bikes. The rules are available for review and open for public comment. 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation and Bureau of Land Management were required to update their respective regulations to accommodate e-bikes under the Secretary of the Interior’s order 3376. That order directed agencies to create a clear and consistent e-bike policy on all federal lands managed by the Department. The rule would also support Secretary’s Order 3366, to increase recreational opportunities on federal lands. From the BLM: 

“The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to amend its off-road vehicle regulations at 43 CFR part 8340 to add a definition for electric bikes (e-bikes) and, where certain criteria are met and an authorized officer expressly determines through a formal decision that e-bikes should be treated the same as non-motorized bicycles, expressly exempt those e-bikes from the definition of off-road vehicles.”

In our initial reading of the BLM’s draft rule and the NPS draft rule, there are few surprises.  They generally encourage local unit managers to allow electric bikes, used only in pedal-assist mode, to be ridden anywhere bicycles are allowed.  They allow local unit Superintendents to open or close trails to e-bikes on a case-by-case basis, with the preference being open. Again from the BLM:

“The proposed rule would direct authorized officers to generally allow, through subsequent decision-making, Class 1, 2, and 3 e-bikes whose motorized features are being used as an assist to human propulsion on roads and trails upon which mechanized, non-motorized use is allowed, where appropriate. The authorization for Class 1, 2, and 3 e-bikes whose motorized features are being used as an assist to human propulsion to be used on roads and trails upon which mechanized, non-motorized use is allowed, would be included in a land-use planning or implementation-level decision.”

While there are subtle differences in each agency’s proposed rules, they all define and allow for the use of class 1, 2 and 3 e-bikes, much the same as the classes enacted in California state legislation AB1096. Similar classes have been advocated for around the country by People for Bikes and the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (who merged in 2019).

The rule removes electric bikes ridden in pedal-assist mode from the classification of OHV or motorized vehicle.  Presumably then a Class 2 or 3 e-bike ridden without pedaling and operated by throttle control is still considered motorized, though this isn’t explicitly stated, and we’re unsure how this may be enforced.

To provide your own comments go to regulations.gov, search for the docket number for each agency to which you’d like to provide comments:

National Park Service: RIN 1024-AE61

Bureau of Land Management: RIN 1004-AE72. 

US Fish and Wildlife Service: HQ-MB-2019-0109

Bureau of Reclamation:  1006-AA57 

Follow the instructions there to provide your comments. Each agency is requesting information from the public on the potential social and physical impacts of e-bike use on public lands. They will give much more weight to “substantive” comments citing studies, legislation, reports, or other items of substance. 

CAMTB is currently taking a survey of e-MTB conditions. experiences, and local organizations dealing with e-MTBs from around the state. Once that survey is complete, we’ll be developing our own official comments on the new e-MTB rules.