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...

SAMBA Fall 2017 Bash at Rattling Creek September 7th – 10th

Please mark your calendars for September 7th-10th 2017!  Join us for a Wild Weekend of fun in the Weiser State Forest!  Enjoy the rocks of Rattling Creek singletrack, an IMBA EPIC, all weekend long with old and new friends.  End your Friday with a Chili Cookoff contest and micro brew swap.  Saturday will have guided tours of the trails for all abilities and end with a dinner, beers, and entertainment. Click here to register now! Event Details: Where:  Camp Muckleratz 2749 Game Lands Rd, Halifax, PA 17032 Time:  7pm Thursday – 4pm Sunday Cost: $45 Space is limited – Register early! Included in your admission: Guided rides or suggested routes on the Rattling Creek Singletrack Primitive camping for 3 nights Breakfast coffee and bagels each morning Chili cookoff contest Friday evening.  Big prizes for top 3 chili makers. Dinner on Saturday Evening ( You will receive a voucher for a half chicken BBQ or pulled pork sandwich, side, and beer) Live Entertainment on Saturday evening An entry into the big SWAG Drawing Friday Night Chili Cook-Off.  Bring a pot of your best Chili to share and be judged, prizes to be awarded!...

Elizabethtown Mountain Bike Team Trail Complete

CONGRATULATIONS! to Elizabethtown Mtb team for completing their trail yesterday! Great job by the coaches, parents and team members to establish a 1.1 mile trail adjacent to Bear Creek school and the E-town fairgrounds. The trail will serve as a practice trail for the school’s NICA race team and also as a great place to try mountain biking in a safe, school setting for beginners and kids. SAMBA is excited about working with NICA and the E-town team’s accomplishment and proud to have participated by providing information, teaching sustainable trail building and coaching the crew through the process. We also donated some trail tools so that the team can maintain the trail going forward. Great work and good luck with the upcoming NICA race series....

NOMINATIONS OPEN! for SAMBA Board and Committee positions

Howdy, We are excited to announce that nominations are now open for Board of Directors and Committee positions with SAMBA! If you have the passion, dedication and skills to help with these positions please be sure that you are nominated. Nominators  and nominees must both be members in good standing of the Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association. Nominations close March 15. Below is a list of open positions followed basic SAMBA information, Requirements and expectations of the positions and more information. Yes, you can nominate yourself! Please  use the link at the bottom of this post to nominate for positions with SAMBA. Kindly be sure to note the Board position and /or committee and the nominee’s name and email address. Please be sure that the nominee has a confirmed interest before submitting any nominations. Open Board positions: Board Chair Board Vice-Chair Director of Public Relations Director of Communications Director of Events and Rides Open Committee positions : Public Relations Communications Events and Rides   SUSQUEHANNA AREA MOUNTAIN BIKE ASSOCIATION 1) NAME AND TERRITORY NAME: The name of the organization shall be the Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA), a CHAPTER of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). TERRITORY: SAMBA shall operate within the general geographic territory of Central Pennsylvania and the surrounding area. ORGANIZATION AND STRUCTURE: Upon acceptance of its application, SAMBA shall operate as an IMBA chartered CHAPTER and enjoy the benefits of IMBA’s IRS 501(c)3 tax exempt status. SAMBA may decide to form a local corporation or operate as a unit of IMBA’s California Corporation.   2) MISSION AND PURPOSE MISSION: As a non-profit club the purpose of the Susquehanna Area Mountain...

PARKWAY TRAIL SYSTEM OPENING DAY OCT 22

    PLEASE JOIN US ON OCT 22 FOR OPENING DAY IN HARRISBURG!!! The Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association is nearing completion of The Parkway Trail System after more than a year’s work building 10 miles of trails that are sustainable, safe and fun.  We’ve logged almost 1200 hours of volunteer time since Harrisburg City Council passed our resolution in July 2015. SAMBA is a 501c3 non-profit organization and has managed to raise all funds needed to establish the entire trail facility. We see the natural surface trail option as a wonderful enhancement to the Capital Area Greenbelt that provides an escape from the city grind and a connection to nature. We tried to maximize green spaces and create a unique facility that will provide a recreational opportunity where we previously had none. This type of facility will help us retain residents and attract people to the area to visit, ride and contribute to the local economy. We designed the trail system using the Greenbelt as it’s spine. Folks can access the trail network traffic-free from any neighborhood instead of loading up the car and driving 45-60 minutes to reach the closest trails. The trail system will offer a place for beginners to learn, novices to build their skills and experts to have a fun trail experience. The trails will be shared-use (trail runners, hikers, bird watchers etc.), directional and marked for all skill levels. The City of Harrisburg is the primary stakeholder for the facility with the County of Dauphin and LCSWMA also contributing land for trail development. Partners and supporters of this project also include Quality Bicycle...

YOU’RE INVITED!-BSCPA ADVOCACY SUMMIT

Bicycle South Central PA invites you to attend the BSCPA Regional Bike Summit “Making Cycling Safer” Saturday, March 19, 2016 Quality Bicycle Products, 2501 Noll Drive, Lancaster This summit is for anyone interested in making cycling safer and more popular in South Central Pennsylvania. This includes on and off-road riders, bike club members, bike shop representatives, bicycle advocates, municipal planners, tourism promoters, health advocates, and more. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with potential partners who are also interested in making your communities more bike friendly. The Keynote speaker is Roy Gothie, PennDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator. Experts from local, state questions. Lodging is details. 8:45 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:15 a.m. 12:15 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 2:15 p.m. 3:00 p.m. and national organizations will be serving as panelists and will be available to answer available at the Heritage Hotel -Lancaster. Go to www. BicycleSouthCentralPA.org for AGENDA Registration, refreshments, QBP facility tours Keynote and welcome Panel discussion/Q &A: What Advocates Need to Know Panel discussion/Q &A: Infrastructure Planning & Process Lunch and networking (Lunch is provided to all registrants) Breakout sessions (subject to change) –  IMBA/NICA – Mountain bike community projects –  Developing Regional touring routes using roads and trails –  Bike Club Brainstorming –  Bike shops as part of the community advocacy effort –  Why communities need non-profit bike shops –  Bicycle Friendly Program and BFP Reviewers Community Partners & Initiatives Adjournment Quality Bicycle Products supplies bike parts to over 5,000 bike shops. Tours of their distribution center will be available before the summit. Register online with using the link at www.bicyclesouthcentralpa.org or send form and check to:...