Good Times published a gushing story about Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) last week, well worth a read. Towards the end, Matt De Young, MSOSC’s new Executive Director, says their biggest challenge is leaving their “outlaw” history behind and making mountain biking respectable to “land managers and other users.”
Those words rang true to us. As the lead among the San Vicente Redwoods partners trying to build mountain biking trails, we deal weekly with the fears of the impact of the outlaw culture on the natural resources they ride through – and over.
To get a firsthand perspective I recently met with Mauro Garcia, the head of City of Santa Cruz Parks. Land Trust Board Member Val Cole and I met with him after Val heard how pleased the city was with MBOSC’s work on the Emma McCrary trail. Mauro was as enthusiastic as all the folks quoted in the Good Times article. He said MSBOSC brought money, labor, and enthusiasm to the table, or trails. “We couldn’t have done Emma McCrary without them.” City Parks is so happy the city’s new Parks Strategic Plan envisions more mountain bike trails – with the help of MBOSC.
Not everybody likes the idea. There are lots of people who aren’t buying, at least not yet, the mountain bikers transformation from outlaws to respectable citizens. You can let them know what you think by participating in the city’s planning process. On May 1st the City’s Parks and Recreation Commission will consider building new mountain bike trails and finalizing the priorities of the city’s new Parks Master Plan. Details here,
You’ll get a chance to let us know what you think about the trails at San Vicente Redwoods when we and our partners finish our long planning process – hopefully at the end of this year.