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Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association

Working to Protect and encourage Mountain Bike trail access in Central Pennsylvania.

SAMBA announces projects for 2019 and beyond

Howdy, We are super excited to share our new projects for 2019-2020. As you can see on the map our new opportunities are diverse and spread throughout the area. These projects are in various stages of development and are listed in order based on each project’s current stage of development. There may even be 1 or 2 more projects in the works that we are not able to discuss at this time. As always, we cannot make these opportunities a reality without help. Please contact us here with any questions or to get involved with putting these new trails on the ground this year! http://sambabiker.com/samba/contact/    Project 1: Paxtang Park What: Trail head parking, meet-up spot and picnic area for Parkway Trails and Capital Area Greenbelt Where: Harrisburg. Dauphin County Who: SAMBA/Parkway Trail committee, City of Harrisburg, Paxtang Borough, Swatara Township, CAGA Why: Designated parking areas have limited spaces and in poor locations for visitors. Revitalize historic Paxtang Park which has been in ruins for decades. Meeting place for visitors and group rides. When:  Projected completion Spring 2019. Budget: $2000 Funding: Secured through fundraiser and donations. What’s happened so far:  Stakeholder and need analysis. Site investigation and history research. Meetings with City of Harrisburg, Swatara Township, Paxtang Borough. SAMBA Board approval. Project proposal and agreement fully executed. Stone donation of 140 tons secured through Pennsy Supply. Parking stops purchased with grant from QBP. Excavation and stone installation complete. BMUFL signs installed on City Park Drive.    Project 2: Donegal Highlands What: Small shared-use trail system featuring single track and learning areas Where: Elizabethtown. Lancaster County Who: SAMBA/Trail liaisons Matt Hess... read more

2019 NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR BOARD & COMMITTEES (click here)

Howdy, It’s that time again! We have Board and Committee positions  available for 2019-2020. We are also in need of dedicated individuals to help with rides, trail work and lots more. Nominations close March 15, 2019. If you love mountain biking and want to help us make a difference please contact us here for job requirements and more information: http://sambabiker.com/samba/contact/ Board positions open for nomination: President-(Nick Loftus up for re-election) Vice President- (Chris Shelly up for re-election) Director of Public Relations- Vacant Member-at-Large-Vacant Committee positions available: Communications Mission Statement: The mission of the Communications committee is to expand awareness of chapter activities through effective use of all approved media outlets by: Generate effective Chapter communications through approved media Maintain SAMBA’s website and Facebook Communicate and promote club activities through bike shops Coordinate membership drives and help grow membership Provide and post event articles and supply event pictures and video for use on the website, social media, and email newsletters. Help compose email communications for members if needed Other tasks upon request from the Board Public Relations Mission Statement: The mission of the Public Relations committee is to expand awareness of the chapter via promotional material and public outreach by: Manage promotional materials, bike shop items and soft goods inventory Promote and represent club at events as needed Coordinate non-event fundraisers, donations and sponsorship Coordinate outreach opportunities Work with local businesses and non-profits to partner and support cycling Other tasks upon request from the Board We hope to hear from YOU!... read more

SAMBA Winter Party and Fundraiser

There are really BIG and EXCITING projects in the works. Find out more by joining us at the Winter Party & Fundraiser on Saturday, February 9th, 4pm at the Fire Hall in Mount Gretna. Huge raffle, beer, fabulous food, music & more! Rides will begin at 2pm.  Please inform anyone that may be interested.       While we have all been out riding and enjoying the trails SAMBA has been hard at work behind the scenes to make this happen. To continue this fabulous progress SAMBA needs YOUR help!  We are in need of members who are interested in filling the following positions on the SAMBA board and committees!   Please review the committees below that could use your help and let us know which interest you. Nominations will be accepted at the Winter Party on 2/9/19  and also on the SAMBABIKER.COM website, click on Contact and submit your nominations through March 15th. If the below committees aren’t really your “thing”, just let us know what your area of interest / expertise is and we can find a way to utilize you.     Public Relations (Need a PR Director & Committee members) Mission Statement: The mission of the Public Relations committee is to expand awareness of the chapter via promotional material and public outreach by: Manage promotional materials, bike shop items and soft goods inventory Promote and represent club at events as needed Coordinate non-event fundraisers, donations and sponsorship’s Coordinate outreach opportunities Work with local businesses and non-profits to partner and support cycling Other tasks upon request from the Board   General guidelines Committees should meet a minimum... read more

HMC Grand Opening! 10/13/2018 postponed to 10/14/18

GRAND OPENING DAY! Please join us for the Opening Day of the PSU-Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (HMC) Trail System this Saturday! Be among the first to ride 10 miles of sweet new single track in Hershey! Join us at the Cocoa Beanery across the street for an after party celebration from 3-5. Post-ride food, beer, coffee etc available from 1-5. Please access the Medical Center via Life Lion Dr. at Bullfrog Valley rd and do not use the main entrances along Rt. 322. OR ride to the event using the Eshenour bike path. (See map) Trailhead parking on Reservoir rd and overflow parking at Lot H. Follow signs or watch for traffic director. Visit the SAMBA booth at Reservoir Rd. for rides, information and maps, to join or make a donation, to purchase shirts or find out ways to get involved! SCHEDULE * 10:00 Ribbon cutting ceremony 11:00 Ladies First ride-East side-5+ miles (LADIES ONLY!) 11:05 SAMBA Liaisons rides- Advanced/expert- West side-Full route-10 miles 11:05 SAMBA Liaisons rides- Beginner/Novice-West side-Beginner loops plus-3-5 miles 11:15 Trails officially open for riding 11:30 Group ride- Advanced/Expert- East side-Full route-10 miles 11:30 Group ride- Beginner/Novice- East side-Beginner loops plus-3-5 miles 12:00 Group ride- Advanced/Expert- West side-Full route-10 miles 12:00 Group ride- Beginner/Novice- West side-Beginner loops plus-3-5 miles 12:30 Group ride- Advanced/Expert- East side-Full route-10 miles 12:30 Group ride- Beginner/Novice- East side-Beginner loops plus -3-5 miles 1:00 Cocoa Beanery opens for post-ride food & beer etc 1:00 NICA ride-E-town Mtb-East side-Length TBD 1:00 Group ride-Length TBD 3:00-5:00 SAMBA celebration at Cocoa Beanery *Schedule subject to change. See you... read more

SAMBA announces new Volunteer Appreciation Program (VAP)

Get cool SAMBA gear when you come out on a SAMBA workday to help build or maintain the trails you know and love!  For more information about when trail workdays are happening, please stay up to date by visiting our Facebook Page   or by checking out our SAMBA calendar 16 hours = SAMBA volunteer shirt 40 hours = Troegs gift card Most hours by Sept 1 = Free SAMBA BASH registration with dinner Top two volunteers by Dec 31 each get 2 passes for Dirtfest, courtesy of DirtRag SAMBA is  a 501c3 non-profit organization and 100% volunteer based. Our volunteers are our most important and valuable... read more

SAMBA is PROUD to announce, “Hershey Medical Center trail work to begin this Sunday, March 18th!”

Be part of SAMBA’s newest project and join us for the inaugural work day this Sunday, March 18 from 10:00am to 2:00pm! If you’re interested in bulding trails for this first work day which will consist mostly of cutting brush and clearing leaves email Hersheytrail@gmail.com. We will meet on Reservoir Road behind the Med Center. Take Life Lion Drive to Meadow Wood Rd to Reservoir Road. Park on the gravel lot past the construction trailers.... read more
PAXTANG PARK PROJECT

PAXTANG PARK PROJECT

Paxtang Park Project underway! We are excited to announce that we have reached an agreement with the City of Harrisburg (land owner), Swatara Township and Paxtang Borough (owners of the roads approaching the park), and CAGA to partner to
begin work to restore historic Paxtang Park to be used as a parking, trailhead and picnic area for visiting cyclists using the Capital Area Greenbelt and Parkway Trail System.

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