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Rattling Creek Fundraiser-Your help needed!

SAMBA recently announced plans for a large expansion of the awesome IMBA EPIC Rattling Creek Trail System (RCTS) near Lykens, Pa. and we need your help! The vision for the expansion will more than double current trail mileage, establish trail connections for future trail development within the Greenland Tract of Weiser State Forest, provide trail access from Lykens and Williamstown and connectivity to the Lykens Valley Rail Trail. SAMBA is looking forward to resuming volunteer work days soon and we are currently seeking funds to purchase building materials for the construction of new bridges, a kiosk and signage. Your tax deductable donation is greatly appreciated and  Thank You in advance for your help to open new trails this year! To donate (All donations go to Rattling Creek expansion):http://sambabiker.com/samba/donate/ Questions: http://sambabiker.com/samba/contact/ More info: http://sambabiker.com/samba/samba-announces-rattling-creek-trail-system-expansion/ Cheers!...

SAMBA ANNOUNCES RATTLING CREEK TRAIL SYSTEM EXPANSION

SAMBA is super excited to announce plans for a large expansion of the awesome IMBA EPIC Rattling Creek Trail System (RCTS) near Lykens, Pa.! SAMBA’s vision for the expansion will more than double current trail mileage, establish trail connections for future trail development within the Greenland Tract of Weiser State Forest, provide trail access from Lykens and Williamstown and connectivity to the Lykens Valley Rail Trail. The project was brought forward by SAMBA’s Rattling Creek Trail Liaison Joshua Watts who recognized the potential to make the already EPIC trail system even bigger and better. After nearly two years of research, outreach, advocacy, brainstorming, meetings, presentations, e-mails, phone calls, trail design planning, field checking, negotiations, insurance updates, land owner agreements, approvals, etc., etc., we are ready to start with initial trail corridor clearing in the coming weeks. We expect to have new trails on the ground later this year. This extensive project will continue for several years and has been broken into phases based on priority, feasibility and logistics. PHASE 1-New full loop at eastern end of RCTS (shown in orange) Connects Stone Cabin Trail to Berry Mountain Road linking RCTS to the Greenland Tract of Weiser State Forest. Provides connection for new Lykens trails in phase 2 Requires two new bridges Approximately 4 miles PHASE 2- Lykens Glen loop trails New climbing trail from Lykens Glen Park provides connection to Rattling Creek Trail (shown in green) New downhill-specific return trail to Lykens Glen Park establishes full trail loop from Lykens (shown in yellow) Rider welcoming center may be possible in Lykens Focus on Lykens economic development opportunities with recreation and...

Paxtang Park is open!

  GPS Coordinates for Directions:  40°15’23.0″N 76°49’55.4″W During the Fall of 2017 the plan was revealed to begin work to restore historic Paxtang Park on City Park Dr. between Derry St. and Paxton St. after cyclists began visiting Harrisburg to explore the Parkway Trails. The initial work to restore the park began in 2018 as SAMBA volunteers cleared the park of trash and tamed decades of overgrown vegetation. City workers assisted with clearing dead trees that were repurposed in the park.  Pennsy Supply made a generous donation of stone, Boy Scouts built the kiosk and the rest of the fundraising and work to restore the park was carried out by SAMBA’s volunteers. We are looking forward to a time when it is appropriate to host an official Grand Opening event in the park. Why restore the park? 1) The park is an important part of local history and served as the hub for recreation in Harrisburg during the early 1900s. The trolley line from Market square ended at the site and there was a popular amusement park, swimming pool, picnic area, lake and theater. 2) The location of the park is the center of the Parkway Trail System and an ideal parking and meeting area for visiting cyclists using the Parkway Trails or Capital Area Greenbelt. The parking area can accommodate 16 vehicles, making the location ideal for group rides to meet (eventually) and great starting point for visitors exploring the trails. 3) This will be an important cycling infrastructure improvement for the area as users are directed to this lot and away from some of the smaller, overcrowded parking areas....

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!...