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Patrick Brady Named Interim Executive Director For CAMTB

Veteran journalist to lead new advocacy organization

Santa Rosa, Calif. —The California Mountain Biking Coalition, the first-ever statewide advocacy organization serving mountain bikers has named an interim executive director, veteran journalist Patrick Brady.

Brady is an award-winning journalist known as the publisher of the blog Red Kite Prayer as well as the Paceline podcast. His features have appeared everywhere from Bicycling Magazine to Dirt Rag. With 30 years experience in the bike industry, his connection are broad and deep.

His mission will be to help the organization gain visibility and funding so that it can begin to lobby in Sacramento. CAMTB’s slogan, “More trails. Better trails.” speaks to the organization’s mission to improve and increase trail access for mountain bikers throughout the state of California by providing a unified voice.

“I’m excited that we found someone like Patrick, he’s an ideal fit for CAMTB’s needs,” says Jake Bayless, the president of CAMTB’s board. “He’s an entrepreneurial and witty wordsmith who is accustomed to navigating multiple technical roles. It was imperative that we hire someone who is also a passionate advocate for cycling and has a big tent perspective. It would be nearly impossible to find someone whose ties to the bike industry are as deep as his. These are qualities that Patrick brings as we lobby on behalf of nonprofits from all over California with sometimes very different needs. We’re lucky to add him to an already connected, engaged and motivated Board of Directors team.”

The organization’s membership model, committee structures, and foundational programs are being developed with feedback from participating organizations and legal counsel. All California mountain biking and trail advocates, prospective board members or sponsors are invited to join the CAMTB Slack channel at camtb.slack.com.

Patrick can be reached at Patrick@camtb.org or (916) 31-CAMTB.

Introducing the California Mountain Biking Coalition

We’re proud to announce that CAMTB received our nonprofit EIN on October 29. We are official! Save the date for our next statewide conference call, December 3, 2019 at 6 pm. Details will be posted on our CAMTB Slack channel emailed to our organizational contacts. We’re accepting applications for an Interim Executive Director, and nominations to our board of directors and several committees. There’s lots to discuss! Here is our CAMTB November press release:

September Survey

As the California Mountain Biking Coalition develops its policies, positions, and other programming, we reached out to organizations around the state to gauge their needs.

All California cycling and trail based organizations, regardless of ability to help fund or actively participate in CAMTB, are encouraged to reach out, and to engage in the discussions at our active CAMTB Slack channel.

We surveyed trail advocacy organizations around the state and here is a summary of the responses.

As we’ve promised you from day #1, in order for CAMTB to truly represent you and your organization’s interests, we’re going to be depending on your feedback. If you missed the survey at it’s release, here is the link:  https://forms.gle/3gAdbvqaK6QY7oaB8     

AB1111 Lobby Day Report

CAMTB and other Recreation advocates on the Capitol steps

Representatives from the newly established California Mountain Biking Coalition participated with over 120 other outdoor recreation leaders in the state on August 19 in Sacramento to voice support for Assembly Bill 1111 which would establish the California Office of Outdoor Recreation.

The establishment of this office is good for the State and for mountain bikers. It would improve access to outdoor activities while ensuring land conservation. It’s also good news for local businesses, as a dedicated government office would help drive revenues from tourism. While thirteen other states across America have already created similar offices, California is falling behind.

Update: On August 30, 2019, AB1111 was Held Under Submission. This is an action taken by a committee when a bill is heard in committee and there is an indication that the author and the committee members want to work on or discuss the bill further, but there is no motion for the bill to progress out of committee. This does not preclude the bill from being set for another hearing. We will continue to monitor any progress for bringing this effort forward in the next session.

CAMTB Inaugural Meeting and Presentation

Advocates at the Trails and Greenways Conference, April 2019

In 2019 at the California Trails and Greenways Conference, the CAMTB steering committee did a presentation and panel discussion about California Mountain Biking advocacy efforts. Out of that initial meeting the steering committee was formalized and with the information they needed from advocates around the state, began forming the organization.

The meeting was live-streamed on Facebook and archived for reference.

California's Mountain Bike Advocacy – Building a path forward. We are live streaming this presentation from the California Trails and Greenways Conference in San Diego.

Posted by California Mountain Biking Coalition on Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Mission Statement Formation

The California Mountain Biking Coalition sees itself as representative of its membership and those we aim to represent. To that end, to develop our mission statement we engaged advocates from around the State to weigh in on how our collective mission should be crafted to best serve the needs of all off-road cyclists in California.

We conducted the following poll:

After the poll was conducted, the steering committee sifted through the responses to come up with our mission statement and goals for the organization:

To improve and increase trail access for mountain biking throughout California by providing a unified statewide voice for organizations and individuals

CAMTB Formative Meeting and Call to Action

February 2019, CAMTB posted its first call to action, asking California mountain bike advocacy groups to log on and get involved.

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Big news everyone! We are excited to announce that we’re publicly launching CAMTB.org today in anticipation of the collective formation of a formal California Mountain Bike and Trail Advocacy organization. This is an invitation to all California bike and trail organizations to hop in and join forces. Does your group have representation on-board yet? Send them to check out http://CAMTB.org/ today!

We’re having a conference call on February 22, 2019 at 12:30pm. Please email us for the call-in info. We look forward to talking to you and the many California advocates who understand the need for a statewide effort.