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COVID-19 UPDATE from IMBA/SAMBA

  To our friends and partners in mountain biking, Getting out on the trails is tremendously valuable. Trails bring us together, but to keep each other safe, we must keep our distance. How can our community navigate this challenge? First and foremost, refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for best practices, as well as guidelines from your state and local governments. Then, as appropriate, cautiously take advantage of trails and outdoor spaces unless you are feeling ill. We will all benefit from fresh air. Should mountain bikers host group rides or trail work days? Cancel, postpone or reschedule upcoming events including races, trail work, and group rides until there are new government directives. For now, let’s ride in very small groups, keep our distance, and enjoy our trails close to home to minimize the risks associated with car travel. How can trail users pass responsibly with social distance? Stay alert, slow down, and communicate with each other from a distance about how to proceed. With gyms and rec centers closing, there may be new users on the trails. It’s a great time for community education on responsible riding and for being patient, exemplary stewards. Thanks for reading. Stay safe! SAMBA...

City of Lebanon approves proposal for Bicycle Playground

Howdy, Lebanon City Council approved our proposal to develop a Bicycle Playground in Coleman Park! The playground will consist of a balance bike track (for the youngest riders), a large pump track, dirt jumps and some skills features. The playground area already has a concession stand, restrooms and large pavilion. We are also working with the Coleman Park Board of Trustees to develop a gateway trail within the park suitable for kids and beginners to learn basic skills. Please check back soon for updates and follow us on social media to receive updates for volunteer work days coming soon. Below is the link to Lebtown news’ article about the project. Please note that there are some inaccurate statements in the article. So to be clear: SAMBA does not “manage trails” and is not the land manager for this project or any of the trail areas where we are active. We are volunteers for the land owners. SAMBA is no longer responsible for trail maintenance at Swatara State Park. https://lebtown.com/2020/02/26/city-council-authorizes-mayors-plan-for-bicycle-playground-at-coleman-park/ Thanks!...

Detweiler Park update

Dauphin County held their first public meeting last week and advocates from SAMBA including  several Board members were in attendance to voice the need for shared-use trails in the park that can accommodate mountain bikers of all skill levels. The park consists of 411 acres and has three distinct areas including pine groves,, rolling hills and rocky, rough terrain with 578 ft of elevation change. The park is 8 miles from the capital and midway between the Parkway Trail system and the Rattling Creek Trail system, providing the perfect ladder for rider progression, difficulty and trail mileage. The Master Site planning process is in motion and as a result of the first public opinion meeting, a new survey has been posted to gather more feedback from the public and help identify and prioritize the needs for the park. You will notice that the first option in the list is “Bike Trails” so it seems that we made an impact at the first meeting! Please take a couple minutes to fill out the survey and then share this link with friends, family, co-workers and anyone else that is interested in establishing a shared-use trail system in the park! More trails!!! https://www.dauphincounty.org/government/departments/parks_and_recreation/dauphin_county_parks/detweiler.php Thanks for your...

Do you want new trails? YOUR HELP NEEDED!

You are invited to the first of four public meetings to help shape the future of mountain biking and trail facilities in beautiful Detweiler Park. Detweiler Park is located 8 miles north of the State Capital in Dauphin and is the largest of eight parks of public land owned and managed by the Dauphin County Parks & Recreation Department.  Gardens, fields, meadows, evergreen plantations, hiking trails and mature deciduous forests are some of the ecosystems in this biologically diverse park. The park was recently purchased by Dauphin County who has launched its Master Site Plan process. A master site plan is a long-term planning document that serves as a blueprint for maintenance and development of a park. It takes into consideration many things including ecosystems, buildings, social settings, surrounding environments, and economic impact. https://www.dauphincounty.org/government/departments/parks_and_recreation/dauphin_county_parks/detweiler.php The County created a survey to understand the needs of future users in the park. Here is a list of the top 5 suggestions from the survey: 1. Keep it natural 2. More hiking trails 3. Add restrooms 4. Create picnic areas with tables 5. Provide additional benches and seating CALL TO ACTION: Would you like to see shared-use trails developed in the park for hiking and mountain biking? Please consider joining us at the meetings to support future mountain biking opportunities by vocalizing your opinions to insure that our voice is heard and the County understands the need for more shared-use trails. This is our opportunity to make a difference in the planning process and influence expansion of the trail system in the park. The first meeting will be held on Monday February 3...

SAMBA proposes Bicycle Playground in Lebanon

SAMBA delivered a presentation on December 16th to the Lebanon City Council to propose that a Bicycle Playground be developed at Coleman Memorial Park. The Playground may include a pump track, skills area, an area specifically for balance bikes, and the conversion of an existing nature trail to shared-use. The playground area is mostly shaded and has its own picnic pavilion and restrooms. The park has many other amenities making it a great destination for the whole family. This partnership with the City of Lebanon and Coleman Memorial Park would be managed by SAMBA volunteers, and funding will be raised through contributions. Project partners would include the City of Lebanon, Friends of Coleman’s Park, Lebanon Valley Bicycle Coalition (LVBC), Community Health Council of Lebanon County, Better Together Lebanon County and others. Council members spoke positively about the project and will vote on the proposal at their January 2020 meeting. The proposed extension of the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail would bring riders past the new Northwest Elementary school and the Park on their way to Swatara State Park. Please follow SAMBA on social media for updates and info!           ...