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Why don't you help with local trails.

  • Want to just dont get around to it.

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  • Not enough time.

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  • Just dont care.

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  • I do help.

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Ok so who helps with there local trails.

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Ok so who helps in the clean up and maintaining local trails. Also who helps building new trails. I just want to know i personally am guilty of not being there on trail days not that i don't want to i just always seem to make up some type of excuse not to. If you also are guilty of this tell us why what are your reasons and are you going to try harder to help this year. This year i will be at every trail day possible. We use them so we should help to maintain them and help with the building of new ones if we do not help than we will eventually not have a place to ride. There are more and more trails getting shut down.

If you help post where at what trail with what organization if one if not still post. Help make a list of organizations that people can help out.

I know there is a trail building section but there is not many who look at it i thought this would reach more people here.

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I do help as much as I can and will definitely be helping in the future.
I help .
Living in SE Wisconsin, winters are pretty harsh, and after thaw the trails are pretty shotty. My riding buddies, who are the primary riders of the trails by our small university (University of Wisconsin-Parkside). We bring our chainsaws to clear downed trees, shovels and rakes to fix existing trails and help clear for new trails.

After storms we also clear the trails of downed trees and branches.
Great topc!

It only took us half of a day yesterday to construct this little feature. Just a little effort will go a long way.

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i really want to just never get around to it because they do most work when I'm in school:madmax:
I do maintenance, build new trail, open new locations, sit in boring meetings with the political types so we can continue to ride where we have in the past. It's all part of mountain biking to me, can't ride without the other stuff.
Advocacy is ke if you like to ride your bike on dirt. Just like Seanbike says, even the boring stuff matters. Writing letters, attendance and speaking up at meetings, trail maintenance, construction, etc.

I got involved with local advocacy 10 years ago when I was working for Schwinn. Being involved both personally and with my shop has not only helped my business, but it has gone a long way for mountain bike access and mountain bike perception in this area.

I understand that it is a time committment, but it's monumentally important for our cause. Plus, it's fun, too. Last summer, we dedicated 60+ man hours of labor on one of our local trails. We ride every Tuesday year around. About once a month in the summer, our weekly "ride" is trailwork. It's a good experience. Thanks for starting this thread. Maybe we can get some folks inspired. :thumbsup:


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I agree totally with Seanbike and ignazjr......That type of effort keeps us in good standing with the land managers so we can have access to the trails. In 2009, I had 109 hours of volunteer work on our local trails and also with a mtn bike patrol. The land manager we have (NPS) has already said that there will be no new trails in our park UNLESS the user group agrees in writing to help maintain the trails...which our club has been doing since 1990.

I also think it is fun to work on a section of trail and then see how much others enjoy riding it...that makes it all worth while IMHO.

I have also learned it is a great idea for mtn bikers who enjoy riding the trails to email or write a letter to the land manager telling them how much they enjoy the trails...positive feedback is always good to hear. The boring meetings, politics, etc are part of the process as well...I would much rather be riding or out playing in the dirt, but sometimes you gotta go to the meetings.
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Absolutely I volunteer annually to do trail maintenance, support local races and attend advocacy/land use meetings. If it wasn't for the volunteers that have put in thousands and thousands of hours of their time and labour, Vancouver's famous North Shore trails would likely not exist in their current format (if at all).

Excuses and procrastination don't help to keep trails open to riding. Start with small steps; make it a goal this year to attend at least one trail day. It's amazing the work that gets done when like-minded folks get together (of course a great barbeque lunch and bevies are excellent incentives ;) )
helping keep my trails clean keeps the sticks out of my spokes......;)
I help build, maintain, go to meetings, and have gotten a small grant. We're potentially looking at 45-60 miles of new trail that will be built in Charlottesville VA.

For those who would "like" to help but have too much going on with work and family...your local mt. bike would really appreciate a financial contribution. A $100 will buy a tool or two. $10,000 might master plan a new park or build a mile or two of new trail.
Great ideas on here and good suggestions. If anyone is curious about helping out, check out the Trailbuilding/Advocacy forum on mtbr as well
their local trails, or just local trails

Grammar police - what a jerk!:D
trails in general anywhere.
I give money for materials needed by a local group that maintains them. Does that count?

I wanted to help this year, but I was too busy riding so I figured giving some cash was the next best thing.
I also help. We have a good working relationship with FWP here. There is a section of trail that just goes down a fall line that we are going to re-route this spring, but for the time being we went out to help cut in some temporary drainage to minimize erosion as much as possible. The cool thing is when the re-route gets cut in, it will become 2 options. One of them being designed by us. Even cooler, was the guy riding by when we were doing the work turning around to help.
This group gets about 10 hours a week out of me. ;) :thumbsup:

I am on the Board of Directors.

"Move dirt" once or twice a week.

Contibute to trail design and layout of new trails and rereoutes.

Plan and lead advocacy events (this was a Save Our State Parks when CA Gov. Schwarzenegger wanted to close them to save money)

And of course, test them! :D

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insanitylevel9 said:
i really want to just never get around to it because they do most work when I'm in school:madmax:
Have you contacted your local trail advocacy group? I bet there is some way to give back if you offer.

We do most work days on Saturday and Sunday. Every day of the week, we do other work on a small scale, maintenance or trail layout. We also have Regional Trail Crews that work in small groups to work around everyone's schedules.

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I am ashamed to admit that I've been riding for a long time and just got into the whole trail building thing two years ago. I'm trying to make up for lost time. I have built trail, worked as a trail crew lead, have helped raise funds for building, acted as liaison to gov't organizations, helped to design trail and contributed to the design of a long-term [10+ year] trail system.

It is surprisingly easy to get involved with trail building and maintenance. Most trail advocacy organizations are desperate for people, so any time you can give them will be appreciated. If you've got time to ride, you've got time to build.
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