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 Legislative Update – October 2021

The California Mountain Biking Coalition (CAMTB) works on several fronts to make bike-friendly trails and access better in our state, including state-level legislation. In 2021, CAMTB supported and advocated for several bills that would improve funding for trails, improve diversity and equity on public lands, and make bicycling safer for all trail users. While not all made the cut, a number of key pieces of legislation were adopted. See below for the latest updates.

SB155 – Public Resources Trailer Bill and SB170 – Budget Act of 2021
CAMTB Position: Support
Status: Passed on September 23 2021

These bills provide funding this year and next for a wide variety of climate resilience projects, including multi-benefit projects for public access. This funding goes through multiple avenues, such as the State Resources Agencies, CalFire, and multiple State Conservancies, which are regional organizations which in turn fund local projects throughout the state. These were passed and signed by the governor.


AB 155/SB 45 – Wildfire Prevention, Safe Drinking Water, Drought Preparation, and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2022
CAMTB Position: Support
Status: Pending Rules Committee

These are bond proposals to support lands throughout California in many ways. They did not proceed this legislative season, but many of the proposed projects were funded directly with the state budget surplus via SB155 and SB170.

AB122 – Vehicles: Required Stops: Bicycles
CAMTB Position: Support
Status: Passed, but vetoed by the Governor

AB 122, aka the Safety Stop Bill, would have allowed bicyclists to treat stop signs as yields and permit rolling stops. Similar laws are in currently in place in 10 states across the US. The bill passed both the Assembly and Senate, But the governor said he feared that the legislation intended to increase bicyclist safety would have “the opposite effect.”

SB 624Environmental Equity and Outdoor Access Act
CAMTB Position: Support
Status: Hearing postponed by Assembly Appropriations Committee

Adds a new division to the Public Resource Code that explicitly establishes promoting environmental equity and outdoor access as a goal for all state agencies and departments that manage natural resources -currently there area a lack of job training and career pathway opportunities for employment at the Natural Resource Agency, and each department , board, conservancy, and commission within the agency, that allow for upward mobility within the agency. We believe in equitable hiring processes, workforce development, and visitation for user groups at all levels under our government – supporting this bill will uphold California to ensure all Californians can benefit from and have meaningful access to the state’s rich cultural and natural resources. This bill did not proceed.

AB 30 – Outdoor Access to Nature: Environmental Equity
CAMTB Position: Support
Status: Hearing postponed by Assembly Appropriations Committee

Would declare that it is the established policy of the state that access to nature and access to the benefits of nature is a human right and that every human has the right to safe and affordable outdoor access. This bill did not proceed in 2021.


This is just a start as CAMTB ramps up our efforts in the legislature, along with our work with other state, regional, and federal agencies and legislators.

Sea Otter 2021 – We’re back in 3D!

L-R, CAMTB Executive Director, Michael Anzalone, Board Members John Terberg and Jake Bayless, CAMTB Member Steve Larson from Share MTB, and Margie Terberg at the CAMTB Sea Otter booth.

Last month, CAMTB made a splash at Sea Otter Classic in Monterey for one of our first in-person gatherings since the pandemic began. As you can imagine, the raceway grounds were a buzz. For those that aren’t familiar with it, Sea Otter, has some history – like 30+ years of it. The event Co-founders Frank Yohannan and Lou Rudolph hosted the inaugural Laguna Seca Challenge on April 6 & 7, 1991. There was a total of 350 athletes and 150 spectators. Today the event hosts over 9,600 athletes and 72,500 fans. In 1993 the event was renamed the Sea Otter Classic and is now universally regarded as the world’s premier cycling festival.

Nowadays, the event mixes salt-of-the-earth race vibes, with innovative consumer showcases from the industry, and two scoops of good ol’ festival buzz. We cheered on some great races, got our hands on the latest and greatest gear from leading manufacturers, and scored some much needed hang time with the extended CAMTB community.

All told, 9 of our then 26 member organizations were on hand to represent the coalition for the premier of our first shared booth space at the show. Being that this was also my first Sea Otter, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. COVID added a level of understandable uneasiness, but once the booth was set up and the pre-show jitters passed, everyone settled right in. We saw a steady flow of traffic at the CAMTB booth throughout the weekend, striking up conversations and spreading the CAMTB gospel of More Trails, Better Trails to those eager to learn more. We also reconnected with some of our existing partners, like Sierra Nevada, and Bosch, and a slew of new potential partners, that we’re lining up to help take trail advocacy to the next level in 2022.

One of the biggest highlights at Sea Otter though was connecting with the latest additions to the coalition, Tony Pereira, co-founder of Coastside MTB in San Mateo County, and Mike McGuirr and Darius Rike of Monterey Off Road Cycling Association (MORCA). Stay tuned for some exciting news on that front in the weeks ahead. CAMTB anticipates reaching the 30 member organization mark by the end of 2022, which puts us on a 50% growth trajectory for 2021. We’re reaching the critical mass needed to garner the attention of key land managers in the State and we’re already making good use of that leverage in our works with CA State Parks and the US Forest Service.

In the wake of Sea Otter, we’re still riding high on the energy we picked up at the show, and we are now making plans to return next year with bigger and better activations with our member and partner community. Stay tuned for more details in the months ahead, and if you haven’t already, sign up for the CAMTB newsletter in the sidebar.

Interested in supporting CAMTB with a financial or in-kind contribution? Got a burning question or comment for the CAMTB crew? Send us a line at letsride@camtb.org anytime and we’ll get you pointed in the right direction.

You can also make a one time or reoccurring donation right now using our online giving platform.

CAMTB’s CA State Parks Summary Advocacy Plan! (Revised)

***Revised on Aug 31, 2021 based on feedback from Ca State Parks.***


Introduction

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 Policy 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 25 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. Of these organizations, 89% work with the California Department of Parks and Recreation to enhance trails and protect the valuable natural resources. Our discovery interviews yielded a number of interesting CA State Park management themes that are impeding our member’s ability to enhance CA State Parks trail systems for bikers, hikers, and equestrians alike. They include:

Off-Road Cycling Specific
Leadership
  • Public Resources Code 5019.93 restricts improvements in State Parks that do not directly enhance the public’s enjoyment of the “natural, scenic, cultural, or ecological values of the resource”. In some instances this has been used by State Parks staff to restrict purpose built trails or other trail features added to enhance user experience. 
  • Inconsistent E-Bike usage policy interpretation and enforcement, district to district and park to park, has and is creating confusion amongst users.
  • Bicycle-legal single track trail mileage has not increased in proportion to the increase in ridership seen over the last decade. This has been further compounded by an increase in ridership during the COVID-19 pandemic, which in some areas has seen a 3-4x growth year over year. 
  • Despite substantial growth in ridership across the state, there is a feeling amongst the off-road cycling community that it is seen by CA State Parks as a second-class user group, or worse yet, a threat to public safety;
Leadership
  • Lengthy response times or no response from staff and leadership;
  • Turnover of staff and leadership has stalled and/or eliminated projects;
  • Lack of transparency and inconsistency in decision-making within the organization
Operational & Procedural
  • Reluctance from districts or park units to work with volunteer groups, and in some cases, volunteer efforts have been active undermined
  • CA State Parks Trails Manual – despite recent revisions, the current CA State Parks Trails Manual does not sufficiently meet the diverse needs of modern recreationalists. Protecting natural resources and elevating user experience are not mutually exclusive.  Adopting a more progressive approach to trail design, construction, and maintenance practices can do both. 
  • Policy and Procedure interpretation varies from park to park and district to district resulting in operational and enforcement inconsistencies
  • Limited opportunity for public engagement or input on major policy initiatives at the State or local District level – examples include the recently updated State Parks Trails Manual and the e-Bike policy update. 
  • Absence of a modern tool kit for managing and creating trails in State Parks. Two examples from other California Land Managers include U.S. Forest Service or Marin County Parks);
  • Challenging Change in Use process – requests are seldom approved, and those that are, have and are taking years to complete. 
  • Challenging Road and Trails Management Plan process. Despite the critical role RTMP’s play in trail system management, only four RTMPs have been completed in the CA State Parks system to date – Chino Hills State Park (SP), Donner Memorial State Park (SP), Humboldt Redwoods State Park (SP), Mount Diablo State Park (SP). Additionally, there are only three “active” RTMPs. Castle Rock State Park, initiated in 2010, Folsom Lake SRA, initiated in 2012, and Santa Monica Mountains NRA, initiated in 2003 are currently “in-process”. As a point of reference, the total estimated time for completion of Castle Rock State Park RTMP was 18 months (California State Parks)
Funding & Development
  • Shortage of funding and staff resources available to address the $1 billion dollar plus backlog of deferred maintenance and repairs. 
  • District Change in Use and Road and Trails Management Planning processes also impaired by lack of funding;
  • Member organizations have found the process for allocating private donor funding to specific projects to be challenging to complete.
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:  Expanded and Enhanced Trails– CAMTB will advocate for new and enhanced 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 a variety of recreational users, including bikers, hikers, runners, and equestrians.

Advocacy Pillar 2:  Environmental Stewardship – CAMTB will advance environmental stewardship and sustainable trail design as part of its advocacy platform to both protect and restore the natural resources we hold so dear. These efforts will amplify and expand upon the outstanding trail stewardship efforts of local CAMTB chapters, and provide replicable models for other trail advocacy organizations to adopt across the state.

Advocacy Pillar 3:  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the Outdoors – CAMTB will develop a DEI framework for Outdoor Recreation in California, with clear and measurable goals, so that underserved and disadvantaged communities are seen, heard and embraced in outdoor recreation. We intend to run several pilots with CAMTB member organizations in year 1, with widespread adoption by year 3.  We seek input from CA State Parks on how best to marry these efforts with its own DEI initiatives to expand our collective reach.

Rider in Annadel State Park, near Santa Rosa

Next Steps

To bring these three advocacy pillars to life, CAMTB formed member-led action committees, which launched 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 District 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.  Our ultimate goal is to achieve success in all of our advocacy pillars while further developing our long-term working relationship with CA State Parks at the Sacramento, District, and local park level.


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

Fund New Trails. Support CAMTB. Win this bike.

$5 Entry. $16,525 Bike. Easy Steezy.

Update: Contest closed

Now more than ever it is apparent how precious access to our public lands is. Your $5, $50, or $5,000 contribution to the Easy Steezy campaign will help build trails and support the California Mountain Biking Coalition, and earn you a chance to win a limited edition Specialized S-Works Turbo Levo SL Founder’s Edition worth over $16,000.*

For every $5 you donate you get one entry to win.  The more you donate, the better your chances to win!*

A winner will be chosen on September 12, 2020, so don’t procrastinate!

100% of the money raised goes to mountain bike advocacy

The Easy Steezy campaign by Access4Bikes (A4B) is raising money to build mountain bike trails in Marin County and support California mountain bike advocacy.

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.

The remaining 25% raised by the Easy Steezy campaign will be directly donated to the California Mountain Biking Coalition (CAMTB) to support mountain bike advocacy throughout the state of California. 

About the Bike

This bike is unlike any the world has ever known. Limited to just 250 bikes worldwide, the Specialized S-Works Turbo Levo SL Founder’s Edition pulls out all the stops. The individually numbered Founder’s Edition comes with a very special build where it’s all in the details—gold foil graphics laid over Spectraflair paint in satin finish, a custom Power saddle with a matching gold “S” graphic, matching gold FOX fork and rear shock graphics, SRAM AXS wireless drivetrain with “rainbow” colored cassette, chain, and brake hardware, as well as two Range Extenders. Go here for more information.

Fund new trails, support California mountain bike advocacy, and win a dream bike. Easy Steezy.

For the complete rules, and to donate and get a chance to win vist Giving Fuel.

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.