Learn new skills!
Ride new trails!
Make new friends!!
Learn new skills!
Ride new trails!
Make new friends!!
Please review the May meeting notes attached. Great things are happening in Austin!
*** Bluff Creek Ranch trails need your help ***
Come on out to Bluff Creek Ranch for trail work day . . . . let’s get the trails ready for the ARR Club ride on June 18th.
Allen will be cooking up some Longhorn Burgers and a camping pass will be given to ALL those who come out and participate in this trail work day. ** BYOB ** in the can, if at all possible!
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Where: Bluff Creek Ranch – 537 Owl Creek Road, Warda,TX
Meet: at the Ranch House
When: Thursday, June 16th
Time: 8:00 am – 1:00pm – Arrival 7:45am
Please arrive at the ranch at @7:45 and meet at the ranch house. If you come late, no worries, you can text 512-791-5791and we can let you know where we are working.
Looking forward to seeing y’all out there!! Be sure to RSVP below!
1101 Walnut Creek Park Rd., Austin, TX
We have a lot of new people to the group (welcome!) so it is a good time to get together. This is a class on bike patrol, what we are all about and what we do. It will be an educational session and attending will provide you the information and knowledge to help prepare you to become a bike patrol member. We will also discuss the other components needed to become a patroller and the benefits as well as quick introduction to Austin Ridge Riders Club – further information can be found at: https://www.imba.com/nmbp
Please review the April 2016 BOD meeting minutes. See updates pertaining to:
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There has been a lot of public opinion about the lack of trail etiquette from Mountain Bikers at some of our local parks, specifically Walnut Creek. We want to reinforce to the everyone that we fully support trail etiquette per the IMBA Rules of the Trail. We understand that many people use the trails for a variety of reasons, and we are committed to doing our best to share these with the public. Below we have identified some of the things that we are doing to reinforce this to the mountain bike community and some action items specifically for Walnut Creek.
1) We have always included training on Trail Etiquette per the IMBA Rules of the Trail (https://www.imba.com/sites/
2) We are looking for permission to post some signs with the Rules of the Trail. Perhaps we can use some space in the new kiosk at the trail head. This will help for anyone who looks, but many riders never look at the kiosk so we are also requesting permission to add some stickers to the Carsonite sign posts on the trails. We want to add a yellow triangle that shows who yields to who. We have similar stickers at Slaughter Creek Trail with horses (has right of way), hikers (yields to horse) and bikers (yields to everybody).
3) At Walnut Creek, we need to clearly define what parts of the park are off-leash and what parts are leash required. Many people consider all of Walnut Creek Park to be an off-leash dog park which causes some confusion for dog walkers and bikers.
We understand that people need to be educated and we will do all we can to educate the public and the Austin Ridge Rider members; however we also understand that even if all of the Ridge Riders yield and are polite to everyone they meet, we expect there will still be issues. Not all mountain bikers are members of the Austin Ridge Riders. It is likely that the riders causing many of the issues are relatively new riders who are riding aggressively at a busy park because they don’t know any better. We (ARR) have little influence with them unless we can attract them to our group and to other trails. That may not be easy to do, but we will try our best. We are asking all of you law abiding mountain bikers to help us keep our trails by obeying the rules and sharing your knowledge with others!
Great community support for the biking community. We received this awesome note from one of our local residents who is helping out the biking community!
“Hi there, I’m Roy Blizzard, pastor of the Joppa Church north of Bertram, tx. We have on a normal weekend several hundred bicyclists ride by our church. Being that we are between 8 and 15 miles from anywhere, we decided to build all you bicyclists a rest area by our fellowship hall. We will have some picnic tables and a filtered water fountain for your bottles. Our restrooms are normally opened for you guys already. I am posting pictures on Facebook as we progress. You can find them at Joppa church, bertram, texas on FB. Please let all your members know. Thank you. Roy”
I know that most of us our mountain bikers, but this could help those of you who get on the road to work out the legs. If only others in the community would show similar support!
As you may be aware Travis County Parks has published their 10 year Master Plan and had held public meetings.Public comment has been extended until May 1Apparently Travis County has NOT heard from the Mountain Bikers, it’s obvious we are happy with how things are going.BUT…. the Commissioner of Precinct 3 is under pressure to locate and develop intramural fields. Which is not a bad thing for a growing community… but with no input from bikers, the Commissioners may hear loudly from a minority and react to that.We are requesting you to state how important the mountain bike resource of Reimers Ranch is, and how important additional biking areas are to their enjoyment of Travis County Parks.Can we get your support?The link above has the email that comments need to be sent to.The comments should state:1. How important the current access is to the user.2. How additional parkland for similar access is needed considering the writer’s perspective of additional new users in the area.I apologize for the last minute plea for support, but it is not to late to help.Thanks so much for your assistance with this!
IMBA’s Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day strives to encourage communities in the U.S.A. and around the world to join together and ride mountain bikes with kids. We decided to take our kids this year and even bought them new helmets from Bike Hint. Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day (TKMBD) events range in size from a few kids and families to several hundred gathering at a local park or trailhead. IMBA clubs and chapters, retail shops, Trips for Kids, schools, scouts and community groups are encouraged to host events. Last year over 15,000 kids and family members participated in 150+ community events in the U.S. Several events were registered in other countries including: Italy, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Malaysia, and Mexico. You, your family or your company are encouraged to join the fun and participate in IMBA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.
Celebrate Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day on June 11, 2016 and October 1, 2016.
Come help us celebrate the first annual spring edition of TKMBD. The second Saturday in June is the official ride date, designated by the U.S. Congress. While we strive to celebrate Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day on this date, other dates may be acceptable depending on seasonal conditions and other events occurring in your region.
This year’s TKMBD theme is based on IMBA’s four tenants: Speak, Build, Respect, Ride. IMBA will provide an educational activity plan for participants to learn about what it means to be an advocate AND mountain biker.