Greetings good people of REMBA-land! We just passed our first birthday as an organization – thanks to your support! When we began accepting members in July 2016, we were blown away by the positive response, initially and throughout the year. As of the writing of this email, we have 240 members! Thank you, thank you, thank you! It takes a good deal of faith to join an organization in its first year and I hope the work we’ve done makes you proud to be founding members and even more proud to continue on with us into our second year!
What happened in Year 1?
We’ve developed partnerships with numerous public and private land managers like Sonoma County Regional Parks, Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District, Cal Fire, California State Parks and Wildlands Conservancy (Jenner Headlands).
We worked to preserve access for mountain bikes at Fitch Mountain Open Space. Cyclists are now represented on an open space advisory group for the City of Healdsburg.
Changing usage designations doesn’t happen overnight but we’ve made it known that we will tirelessly advocate for access and that we desire to be partners in that process and not adversaries.
We started monthly volunteer Trail Work Days every fourth Saturday in Trione-Annadel State Park, in partnership with the Sonoma County Trails Council.
After working with with local landowners, we’ve started volunteer Trail Work Days to maintain Dan’s Wild Ride in Angwin.
We’re partnering with Friends of Boggs and Cal Fire to plan a new trail network in Boggs Demonstration Forest near Cobb Mountain.
We’ll start Skyline Wilderness Park Trail Work Days this fall and also be sponsoring a mega volunteer Trail Day with Trail House, Breakaway Bikes, and Echelon Cycle & Mutisport (details coming soon).
We love trails and that’s why we are investing our time, energy and our money to ensure that we all see more trails, and better trails, throughout our three counties.
We were a driving force behind the first public pump track built in Santa Rosa – the first one ever in Sonoma, Napa, and Lake counties! The pump track was completed at Northwest Community Park in October 2016 thanks to funding from King Ridge Foundation and in partnership with City of Santa Rosa Recreation and Parks.
Due to the success of that project, there are two new pump tracks planned for parks in American Canyon and and southwest Santa Rosa in 2018.
We’re passionate about strengthening the community of mountain bikers by helping folks who are new to the sport feel at home and included.
In our first year, we sponsored two eager new riders from the Norcal High School Cycling League, providing all their gear and race fees for the entire season. This program will be expanded in 2018 with support from the Eagle Cycling Club.
We’ve also had the great pleasure of supporting the newly formed Bell Joy Ride in Santa Rosa which hosts all-skill-level group rides for women who love – or are beginning to love – mountain biking.
Save the Date! Member Party!
Last year’s REMBA Member Party at Spring Lake Regional Park was an absolute blast and we can’t wait to get together as one big, happy REMBA family and do it again.
The second annual REMBA-versary Member Party is going to be on Sept. 9 at Moore Creek Park in Napa County, so save the date! We are thrilled to be hosting the party there as it gives Sonoma and Lake County folks a chance to ride one of the coolest and the newest trails in REMBA-land, the trail formerly known as Project X, now known as Dan’s Wild Ride. Hope to see you there!