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    Access to new trails in Sibley from Mike Udkow BTCEB president

    Just when we thought all was well with the Sibley EBRP Land Use Planregarding the recently acquired McCosker Ranch property, the “environmental” people (read anti-bikers) have objected to the plan, which included the construction 2.5 miles of multi-use narrow trails for all users, including bikes.

    THEY WANT NO BIKES ON SUCH TRAILS.
    PLEASE TAKE 4 MINUTES TO SEND AN EMAIL TO Julie Bondurantjbondurant@ebparks.org. She is the project coordinator.

    “I am a mountain biker who enjoys riding the multi-use narrow trails in our East Bay parks. Please allow your proposed Land Use Plan to move forward and to construct the proposed 2.5 miles of narrow multi-use trails on the McCosker property.”

    These emails are tabulated and will affect the outcome.

    The Board plans to discuss this at their 11/20 meeting at 1:00 at EBRPD HQ in Oakland. If you can come it would help. To address the Board come at 1 to fill out a speaker’s card. You get 3 min to talk.

    Mike Udkow, BTCEB (info@btceb.org)

    PS: The EBRPD has over 1,200 miles of trails/fire roads.

    This includes 260 miles of narrow trails.Only 38 miles of narrow trails are bike legal, many are very short segments.

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    Ready to send, but it looks like that email address isn't quite right.

    I googled and found this on the ebpark site:

    Julie Bondurant, jbondurant@ebparks.org
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    Hit the Send button!

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    Heads up guys. Email from Mike Udkow at BTCEB:

    Julie Bondurant is on leave from her position at EBRPD.
    Although your emails sent to her will probably get counted in the LUP document, a better person to send you emails to is:
    Yolande Barial, the Clerk at ybarial@ebparks.org
    “I am a mountain biker who enjoys riding the multi-use narrow trails in our East Bay parks. Please allow your proposed Land Use Plan to move forward and to construct the proposed 2.5 miles of narrow multi-use trails on the McCosker property.”

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    Done, again.

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    Just emailed both email addresses.

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    Hucked another message!

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    Done.

    thanks!

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    Done. And sometimes the district obliterates single track trails to 10' width like they did at Mission Peak.

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    Done. I also am sending out an email blast to friends and family, even non mountain bikers so that they can speak on behalf of their friends who do mountain bike.
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    Thanks for the bulletin. My email:

    I visit the EB Parks regularly, at least once a week, mostly to ride my mountain bike. I ride regularly in Tilden, Wildcat, Sibley, Redwood, and Chabot — even though there are few good trails to ride here, they are close, convenient, the parks are beautiful, and I strongly prefer not to drive for an hour or more to a place with better trails (Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, etc) in order to ride my bike. (Fire roads, or anything wide enough for a column of M-1 tanks to roll through, are not and never will be “trails”).

    Thus I am very excited that 2.5 miles of new narrow multi-use trails (in other words, actual trails) are planned for the McCosker property. We need as many of these as we can get built. They are safer (because we go slower), more natural, and infinitely more enjoyable than fire roads. And it is absurd to have all this open space and so little of it that we can visit on our mountain bikes. Please keep these narrow multi-use trails in the Land Use Plan and get them built as soon as possible (and many more). This is really important to me and my family.

    Thank you. Sincerely,

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    What trails are we talking about in Sibley? Thats a really small place with few connections to adjacent legal trails...

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    Done. BTCEB, thanks for your hard work!
    Anybody can ski the groomed

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    Sent to both addresses.
    thanks

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    Long term the trails could connect to new trails at the McCoskey (not sure of spelling)Ranch property in Orinda.

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    Agreed. It's very small. I rode it this last spring on my cross bike. It was awful. Small loop up a steep fire road loop that was either dry post-holed by cattle or with several inch deep loose dirt. Completely unmaintained in any sense. Some nice views from the ridge but it's short, not worth doing again even on a MTB and not nearby any other trails. I supposed you could ride Pinehurst Rd down from Redwood Park to access the trails in there but for only 2.5 mi, IMO it's not worth it. It was almost like EBRPD was doing everything it could to make it miserable to ride a bike on. Strange, huh?

    Quote Originally Posted by jrm View Post
    What trails are we talking about in Sibley? Thats a really small place with few connections to adjacent legal trails...

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