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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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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!*

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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. 

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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.

Nonprofit Resources to Navigate Covid19 Pandemic

In these unprecedented times when we’re making new adaptations daily, nonprofits such as those serving and representing the mountain biking community throughout the country are facing the downturns that typically follow an economic collapse. But this is so much more. People’s lives are at stake, and public health and safety take precedence. The resilience of our funding sources, our respective nonprofit missions, and the future of our sport and the world as we know it seem at stake.

Several stimulus packages with the goal of mitigating economic and social impacts, and reducing the foreboding economic forecasts have been considered and enacted. There are more are in the works.

Some of the stimulus packages may be of direct benefit to some California mountain biking and trail advocates, especially those with paid staff. There may be opportunities to get stimulus funding for shovel-ready projects. There even may be new opportunities to fast track and save precious time off approval and funding for projects for beneficial community projects and infrastructure, such as trails.

With that said, here are some first-line resources that may help some of our more active and professionally-run trail and MTB organizations around California. These have information about applying for the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). We encourage you to share this time-sensitive information with other nonprofits who could benefit.

·         FMA’s Payroll Protection Toolbox, which includes a PPP calculator, template for board resolution to authorize the loan, and a script for talking to your bank about PPP.

·         Independent Sector’s resources for organizations that want to apply for funds.

·         National Council of Nonprofits’ Analysis of the Coronavirus Aid, Relieve, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

·         National Council of Nonprofit’s webinar recording (Mar. 31) “Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills: What Do They Mean for Nonprofits?”

We hope these resources, courtesy of the Council of Nonprofits, are helpful and please share with us other resources you may be aware of.

Pandemic PSA

We know this sucks. Let’s do all that we can to get back to normal. We are committed to protecting the health of the public and mountain bikers.  Here are some things you can do to keep everybody safe, to get back on the trail, and to keep the trails open: 

  1. STAY HOME IF YOU’RE SICK. Period. This goes without saying, but we’re going to say it anyway – if you’re sick, or you’ve been in contact with somebody who is, you need to stay home.  Work on your bike, watch videos, but stay off the trail.
  2. MAINTAIN YOUR DISTANCE. AT ALL TIMES maintain a safe, responsible social distance.  Keep a minimum of 2-3 bike lengths between riders, on and off the trail.  Do not ride in large groups. Do not hang out pre or post ride. Always allow ample passing room for other trail users. 
  3. GO FOR A SOLO SPIN.  Tell people where you’re heading, then head out for a solo ride.  This helps us all maintain our distance, and still gets you on the trail. It also might help keep you sane.
  4. KEEP IT SMALL. If you must ride with other people, only ride with your housemates, family you live with, or those with whom you already have close physical contact. 
  5. STICK TO OPEN PARKS.  Only ride open trails, from open trailheads.  With plenty of closures in the future, let’s be part of the solution rather than the problem. 
  6. FIND A LESSER-USED TRAILHEAD. People are heading out in record numbers.  If you’re fortunate enough to know of more remote, lesser-used trailheads, please plan your ride so that you start there. Refrain from driving to trailheads.
  7. RIDE TO YOUR RIDE.  If you are able to ride to a trailhead, do so.  Keep the cars off the road, out of the gas stations, and away from congested areas.  Balance this with avoiding crowded or closed trailheads.
  8. SLOW IT DOWN.  Ride smart, ride safe.  Now is not the time to push your riding skills.  The last thing you or the rest of the community wants is for a rider to wreck and end up in a hospital, adding more strain on our EMS system and taking up valuable resources.  Plus, you’ll also be able to enjoy the benefits of being outdoors for a longer period of time if you slow your roll.
  9. TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS BEFORE HEADING OUT.  Many public restrooms are closed – make every effort to make sure nature doesn’t call while out on the trail.
  10. NO SNOT ROCKETS.  We get it, and usually we accept it – but if you need to blow your nose, use a hanky.  If you need to sneeze, do it into your elbow.
  11. NO SHARING.  Now is not the time to share gear, food, drinks, or tools.  Sorry. If you have a mechanical issue, sanitize tools and gear before sharing and again before taking it back.
  12. PROTECT YOURSELF.  Bring a small “to go” packet of hand wipes, disinfectant spray, and maybe even some soap to use with your own water.  Hopefully you won’t need this, but just in case you do it’s better to have it than not.
  13. GET OUT. As mountain bikers, we’re able to get away from trailheads quickly, and we’re able to get farther out than other trail users – let’s use that to our advantage.
  14. LEAVE NO TRACE. Pack out what you pack in, just like always.  Garbage collection is limited.
  15. BE NICE. SAY HI. Use our sport to be a positive influence on the people around you. Remember, other trail users are likely extra stressed – don’t add to it.  This is a great time to show that mountain bikers are responsible trail users, and support the broader community. It’s also an easy time to screw it up.  Don’t blow it.

Note:  While the issue of closing parks and facilities related to COVID-19 is rapidly evolving, we recommend users adhere to all guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health and your local public health officials for the most up-to-date information.

Kitsbow partners with CAMTB

Our Founder’s Round of funding is ongoing. Donors know that they will be receiving a CAMTB T-shirt for donations of $100 or more. We’re super excited to announce that those T-shirts will be organic cotton, sewn in the USA, custom Kitsbow T-shirts. We’re excited to have Kitsbow on board as an apparel sponsor.

Icon Shirt with CAMTB patch
for $1000 donors

With a shared passion for trails and advocacy, Kitsbow understand the importance of having a voice in Sacramento to speak for California mountain bikers. They’ve taken their support one step further. Generous donors who donate $1000 or more will receive a CAMTB custom Kitsbow Icon Shirt in a style of their choosing, with the CAMTB logo.

“There are few pieces of equipment in my mountain biking collection as important to me as my Kitsbow Icon shirt which is hands down the most loved piece of clothing I own,” said Jake Bayless, CAMTB President. “Kitsbow was born in California, and it makes all the sense in the world that their company sees the promise that CAMTB holds here for all of us – more trails and better trails.” 

CAMTB t-shirt for $100 donors

Founding donors will have a hand in creating awareness for local clubs across the state, developing messaging that will foster a positive image of mountain biking to emphasize education, diversity, and healthy lifestyle choices, supporting lobbying efforts in Sacramento and building an effective and collaborative resource hub for trail advocacy best practices. 

“The trails we ride on are the very foundation of mountain biking, and it’s so special to us to be able to support efforts like CAMTB who are committed to making a difference,” said David Billstrom, CEO of Kitsbow. “With our roots in California, we couldn’t be more aligned with CAMTB and the recognized need for a stronger voice for mountain bikers across the Golden State.”

Kitsbow are known for their high quality and meticulous attention to detail. They were established in Sonoma County, California eight years ago by dedicated mountain bikers and apparel industry veterans. Because their designers have logged years in the saddle, each detail is obsessively considered. Every element — down to zippers and reflective piping — is vetted for quality, style, and durability. Kitsbow already makes over 50% of its products in the U.S.A. and is on track to be making all of its products in-house by 2021. To learn more about Kitsbow, visit kitsbow.com.