To all my friends in mountain biking. Our club; Valley Mountain Bikers has struck a huge success in the lehigh valley. We will need your help to complete this project. i am asking for your help in the next year in completing this project.
Please check the website at www.bikevmb.com for updates on trail work.
We will meet this weekend: June 13th at 9am at the Perkins in Bethlehem(off 4th street) to introduce everyone to the project and walk the property. Please forward to anyone you know. Thanks again
For Release: June 1, 2004
Valley Mountain Bikers win approval for Riverside Park
The Valley Mountain Bikers, which is centered in the Lehigh Valley has been working on a trail access project for the last 6 months. This project is know to some as Riverside Park. This land is generally situated off Constitution Drive in Bethlehem, PA that consists of approxiamately 500+ wooded acres. The current land owners are Salsbury Township, City of Allentown and Bethlehem township with Salsbury being the principal owners.
Trails in the Lehigh Valley have a diverse and unique profile to offers the riders that use them from many rail trails to intermediate and beginner state parks to advanced singletrack. VMB is in constant pursuit of opportunities to provide it's members. As some of you may know Bear Creek is an ongoing project with countless hours put in by it's members. Currently that project is on hold due to construction at the facility. More members will be needed to complete this project. Many of us have ridden Riverside park over the years and before VMB had formed we thought about making it a riding destination but it wasn't the right time. VMB members John Ebehardt and Greg Horwath had come to the club to proactively pursue this parcel of land for riding. Through the organization and experience of advocacy that VMB offered the team of John and Greg and President Dan Killingsworth, Trail Advocates Damian Merkel, Vice President Kriss Kiess, and Director of Trail Advocacy Joe Transue had attended multiple meeting in front of Salsbury Township to present their Trail System Plan and show other resources like signage and erosion control. Members of the township board had commented how impressed they were and didn't see any problems with the proposal.
On April 22nd, 2004 the board approved the plan through a resolution 4-0. This is a huge victory for mountain bikers in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas. It will provide another riding opportunity and showcase what the mountain bike community can accomplish. Currently the Team is also working on an additional adjoining 200 acres in the near future. This is the first time that a municipality in our area has granted access and full control of a parcel to a mountain bike club.
This is only the initial step. The most important part is completing the project. Mountain Bikers from all over will be needed to complete this project. VMB is currently working on a large donation to fund tools and signage and Action Rental has just signed on to offers free of charge tools and machinery that the club will need.
VMB is asking all mountain bikers to show up at the intial walk through and introduction to the project on JUNE 13TH, AT 9AM AT CONSTITION DRIVE to discuss involvement of the members and what will need to get done. VMB cannot do this project without a consistent and dedicated volunteer group. VMB has enjoyed great success through it's members and wants to take the next step by getting even more members involved and creating opportunities.
If there are any questions please check our website out for dates and times of trailwork. www.bikevmb.com
Yours in Conservation,
Director of Trail Advocacy,Valley Mountain Bikers; www.bikevmb.com
PA IMBA Rep: www.imba.com
Mid-Atlantic Bike Patrol Director
P.O. Box 22551
Lehigh Valley, PA 18002-22551
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