Thursday, January 28, 2010

Mendocino Coast Regional Park

Proposed Bicycle Facilities for the Mendocino Coast Regional Park Hwy 20 east of Summers Ln

Presented by

Chris Clutton of the Mendocino Coast Cyclists

The following improvements are suggested for cyclists at the Regional Park east of Summers Ln.

Bike path from the Hwy 20 bike lane to activity areas and park trails.

Sweet Trail

Jump Area

Bike racks near activity areas.

Loop trails open to bikes through the park.

Trail open to bikes from park trails to the A&W Haul Rd and Jackson State Forest.

Bike skill areas located near a parking area and park trails.

Pump Track

Bicycling facilities are a good choice for the Regional Park

Having the opportunity to help build, maintain, and use a bike trails and skill areas can motivate young people to become active cyclists. Not all youths like participating in team sports. Cycling can be enjoyed alone or in a group. Cycling is an activity that people can participate in throughout their life. Young people should have a safe place to improve cycling skills in a well-designed area with experienced guidance.

Mendocino Coast Cyclists

The Mendocino Coast Cyclists Club (MCC) is interested in partnering with Mendocino Coast Parks and Recreation Department to help plan, layout, build, and maintain bike trails and skill areas at the Regional Park east of Summers Ln.

MCC is a club formed in 2003 with the mission to Advocate cycling in all aspects. Promote responsible and safe trail and road use.

MCC currently has over 70 members and more than 100 receive e-mails.

MCC has held trash clean up, trail building, and maintenance workdays on Jackson State Forest and more are planned for 2010.

Ongoing group rides are held three times weekly (weather permitting).

MCC also holds a yearly mountain bike race and has helped with cycling events held by Fort Bragg Cyclery, Catch a Canoe, and Bike Mendo.

Chris Clutton

Past President of Mendocino Coast Cyclists

Please respond if you have something to add!



Friday, January 22, 2010

Opening Water Drains

During breaks in the first big storm of the season I went out and cleared drainage on the Camp One Loop, Manley Gulch, and Pole Ten trails.
Pole Ten has two trees down near the top and lots of pampas grass lower down but it is passable. I plan to clear the trees in spring leaving them to stop motorcycles until then.
Manley Gulch has one tree down mid way. Since motorcycles don't ride this often I'll get out and clear it soon.
Camp One Loop was cleared by CalFire and is wide open all the way including the top section that was very over grown.
Until things dry out some I'll be riding the logging roads and staying off the soft trails.
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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Trail Symposium

Over 200 folks came to check out the Trail Symposium in Fort Bragg.Dan Gjerde lead a ride through town and out to MacKerricker State Park. He pointed out some problems with bike lanes in Fort Bragg and possible remedies. We got an update on the bike path planed for Glass Beach and onto the headlands through the Old Mill Site. After the CEQA review is completed work will start on construction on the north section. The southern section and a park area are now in the planning stages. When the decking needs to be replaced on the Pudding Creek Trestle Dan would like the handrails moved out to make passing other users easier. He is also working to get the Haul Rd repaved to its full width.
Neil Davis of the Ukiah Valley Trail Group gave a good presentation. His main point was as we build our local trails out connecting trails between communities will become easier.

Mendocino Land Trust is working on a trail north of the Ten Mile River that is hoped to reach Westport eventually. This trail will be open to cyclists.

MLT hosted a social at the brewery. While there I heard about new trails being built north of Rockport and possible new trails near Willits.

Another Trails Symposium is being planned for inland Mendocino with more details on trail projects there.



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