A Message from CORBA’s President
By Mark Langton
Solving the Speed Dilema Opponents
to bicycles on singletrack trails give plenty of reasons why they
feel bikes shouldn’t be there. And there is one that is actually
legitimate; bicyclists sometimes go too fast, and some trail users
feel their safety is threatened. It’s a simple fix; slow down when
you see other trail users, or if you suspect there may be trail
users in close proximity. Ideally, slow to their speed and make
the encounter a pleasant one–like you’re passing a friend. If you
do this, opponents will have nothing to complain about and might
even enjoy the encounter!
Consider that in recent weeks several comments have been made
on blogs and in local news papers, particularly in reference to
the Yearling and Lookout Trails in Malibu Creek State Park, and
State Park’s considering opening them to bicycle use. From this
recent Malibu Times article comes this quote from Agoura Hills
resident and equestrian Ruth Gerson:
“The problem with multiuse trails [is others have to] default
to mountain bikers because the bikes are so fast–the pedestrians
and equestrians have been hit,” she said.
While safety should obviously be of the utmost concern, there
is little evidence that supports allegations that pedestrians and
equestrians are being hit by bicyclists frequently or consistently.
In fact, in the more than 24 years of CORBA’s existence, there are
few documented accounts of bicyclists colliding with other trail
As riders, we understand that there are some bicyclists who have
the skills to ride at a higher rate of speed while under complete
control. However, if the speed creates a hazardous situation for
other trail users, then that speed is not justified. If the simple
act of slowing down for blind corners and in the presence of other
trail users could eliminate the argument for not allowing bicycles
on trails, wouldn’t you do it?
I look at it as belonging to a community, enjoying the outdoors
together, albeit via different modes of travel. We should extend
the kind of courtesy to each other on the trail as we would to our
Monthly “Meet the Board” Rides
Now’s your chance to ride with a CORBA Board of Directors member (maybe
even more than one!) and talk one-on-one about the issues you care
about most. Best of all, you get to go on a fun ride in Malibu
Creek State Park (rides will be easy to moderate with minimal
climbing and last no more than 1.5 hours). Tell us what you think!
The first ride will be this Saturday, April 2nd, at 1:30 pm after
the monthly Skills Clinic is finished. View this Google
Map for location and driving directions.
March CORBA Kids Ride: Single Track, Stairs, and Turkey
CORBA Kids Club had another successful fun ride Sunday March 6 in Malibu Creek State Park. We started with a mini skills clinic, reviewing the importance of speed
control, body positioning, and trail etiquette. The adults demonstrated
descending the stairs, and those kids who were comfortable doing so also gave it
a try. A few of them wanted to do it again and again.
See our blog
article on the Kids Club Ride for the full story! (The next
ride is Saturday, April 2nd. Register
online to get full details.)
New CORBA Jerseys Still Available
Don't forget to check out our CORBA store
to see our
latest additions. These attractive and comfortable jerseys come in two styles,
club cut (men's and women's) and freeride (baggy, 3/4 sleeve). Free shipping on
all orders has been extended! And don't overlook our new
Free shipping is extended to June 1, 2011!
and Recent Trailwork
For many years, most trailwork has been done by volunteers because of budget
cutbacks at our parks systems. So come out and help CORBA and
other volunteers keep our trails in top riding shape! You can learn
more about what to expect and what you'll need to bring with you
on our Trailwork
web page. Keep in mind that CORBA now provides prizes and lunch
after the event for volunteers who register
in advance! And by registering in advance, you'll help us prepare
by knowing how many volunteers to expect. If you come out to two
or more trailwork days in a year, we'll give you a cool long-sleeved
CORBA trail crew shirt - be sure to ask for yours!
March 26: Conejo Open Space Annual Spring
On Saturday March 26, about 40 Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency (COSCA) volunteers,
including a dozen from CORBA and a half dozen from the Santa Monica Mountains
Trail Council (SMMTC) trail
crew, gathered to complete the eastern end of the Potrero Ridge Trail. This
completes the multiuse trail that connects Newbury Park to Dos Vientos by dirt. Now when makling a loop of the trails in
Newbury Park, Dos Vientos and Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa, the section between Wendy Drive
and Reino Road can be done on dirt. Before, we needed to use 1.35 miles of
Construction on this 1000 feet of trail began in the fall of 2009. Please
read our blog
article on the COSCA Spring Trailwork Day to learn more about
this trail, and for a link to the photo gallery.
April 23: Backbone Trail
near Latigo Canyon Road
We'll be working to fix up some ruts and doing other treadwork
while the SMMTC will be removing invasive thistles that are overgrowing
the area. See full details and register on the Latigo
Backbone Trailwork registration page.
April 29 - May 1: Annual Santa Monica Mountains
This is a weekend event with CORBA, SMMTC and other trail user
groups with camping at Danielson Ranch in Point Mugu State Park. You can come in Friday night and stay
until Sunday or leave Saturday after trail maintenance. Some people just come in
for Saturday. There will be a barbecue and raffle on Saturday evening. For more
details and to register, visit our Santa
Monica Mountains Trailwork registration page.
To see all trailwork dates, including those of other groups,
visit the CORBA
MRT Begins Mustard Eradication on the New Millennium
week, the Mountains Restoration Trust (MRT)
will begin eradication of
the invasive mustard plants along the New Millennium Trail. Each year by early
summer the mustard can choke off the trail and render it near-impassable. This
is especially true after above-average rainfall seasons like we’ve experienced
This picture from April 2008 shows how the New Millennium Trail looked when
our trail crew
was there, and how it will likely
look again if no eradication effort is undertaken.
CORBA has provided funds to the MRT to help support their efforts. This will
save many days of brush-clearing trailwork in the early summer, allowing us to
concentrate on other trailwork efforts.
We thank the MRT for helping keep this much-loved trail rideable for all.
New on the CORBA Website
For a list of upcoming recreational rides, please visit the CORBA
CORBA’s Recreational Rides calendar provides a full
monthly schedule of mountain bike rides for all skill levels. Mountain bike
rides are organized by CORBA member clubs and led by experienced and
knowledgeable guides. Recreational rides are a fun and social way to experience
a variety of trails in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and beyond.
Free Mountain Biking
2nd is the next skills clinic.
The CORBA free skills clinic is held on the first Saturday of
every month at Malibu Creek State Park.
Mountain biking is a lot like tennis or skiing. Just a few minor
adjustments in technique can make a huge difference in your
control and proficiency. If you want to get better faster,
you need to know the fundamentals of mountain biking technique.
Whether you're just getting into mountain biking or have been
riding for years, you'll learn some valuable tips from our Introduction
to Mountain Biking skills class that is offered each month.
Check out our Skills Clinic
web page for all the information. After the clinic, see photos
of your new skills on the CORBA web site that you can share
with your family and friends!
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