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As discussed in threads like this one, this one and this one, bicycle access to Waterdog is under continual threat from anti-recreation activists. A group has formed to organize support for continued access to Belmont's open space trails: the Waterdog Open Space Stewards. The WDOSS website is now live, and being updated with content. Please visit the site and spread the word! If you are so inclined, please sign up at the bottom of the main page to receive updates.

Belmont's Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) plan process is under way currently. The PROS plan is the blueprint for Belmont's parks, open space, and recreation programs for the next 15-20 years. It's important to be involved during this critical time, because there are forces trying to severely restrict bike access and even demanding that Waterdog be designated as a nature preserve.

Belmont's open space policies are developed by the Parks & Recreation Commission, which is an advisory board consisting of members appointed by City Council. The P&R Commission meets on the first Wednesday of every month. The public can view and make public comment during meetings by Zoom. As part of the PROS plan, the P&R Commission created a PROS Committee to receive community input and advise the P&R Commission throughout the PROS Plan process. At every P&R Commission and PROS Committee, meeting, anti-recreation activists - typically the same half-dozen or so people - speak during public comment to demonize mountain bikers and demand that cycling access be limited or shut off. The Waterdog Open Space Stewards was formed in part to help mobilize recreational stakeholders - which include cyclists, dog walkers, hikers, and trail runners - to show up (virtually or in person) at these meetings so that our voices are heard.

The next upcoming meeting is on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The agenda for the upcoming PROS Committee meeting (attached) specifically states that the purpose is "To discuss Belmont parks and park-specific DRAFT recommendations in the PROS Plan. This meeting does not include a discussion about Open Space." Nevertheless, it is anticipated that the anti-recreation activists will be making public comment against mountain biking in the open space, as they do at every meeting. If you have the time and inclination, please watch the meeting and raise your hand for public comment if necessary to counter the anti-bike narrative. Here is the Zoom info for the meeting:

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there are forces trying to severely restrict bike access and even demanding that Waterdog be designated as a nature preserve.
To give you an idea of the extent of the threat, the anti-recreation activists have even gone so far as to hire a biologist to write a biased 26-page report about the supposed environmental destruction caused by mountain biking, which recommends that several trails be permanently closed to ALL users, including Lake Loop and Canyon Creek. (See the attachment below.)
 

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Oh no.. Here goes again with the "bike tires cutting edge blah blah blah"....

"Heels before wheels".... "Nature Preserve".... all things that are practically the bat signal to the Karen's.

Best of luck to the mtb community in Belmont, proper
Belmont is in San Mateo county, one of the most anti-mtb areas, much like Marin. Surprised it took this long for this bullshit to happen.
 

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They should ban ladies on high hills with mini dogs walking on trails. That cause real destruction.
Unfortunately waterdog is not what it used to be. Trails got wider, a lot of nice features are gone and lots of traffic. I stopped going there couple years back.
But thank you for the effort.
 

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There was a letter-writing campaign around 8 months or so ago when the Belmont Parks and Rec was asking for public feedback regarding the park - the standard format all the participants piped up with was basically "please don't change anything, keep access open". I was surprised to get three replies back, one from Belmont's Leslie Knope, as well as the mayor and a councilman. One of them replied basically with "I bike there too, I hear you".

The thing about WD is that it's not really a lot of space. On a map, it's a thin piece of land that snakes around the hills, making it feel much bigger than it actually is. Environmentally, closing off access to it would accomplish nearly nothing, given the comparatively huge swaths of empty, unused land that surrounds it, especially to the West and across 280.
 

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To give you an idea of the extent of the threat, the anti-recreation activists have even gone so far as to hire a biologist to write a biased 26-page report about the supposed environmental destruction caused by mountain biking, which recommends that several trails be permanently closed to ALL users, including Lake Loop and Canyon Creek. (See the attachment below.)
Doesn't this part seem obviously wrong? Nobody would be able to ride these trails if this were true.

the average grade of the Chaparral and Brooks hillside trails is approximately 30%, with some segments having a grade of approximately 40%
 
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