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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!           ...

SAMBA merchandise now available at a bike shop near you

Howdy, We are pleased to announce that SAMBA merchandise is now available at the fine shops listed below.  These shops understand the value that SAMBA provides to our riding community and they are providing this service to show their support for SAMBA’s mission. Kindly consider stopping in to one of these shops and picking up a piece of SAMBA branded goodness including t-shirts, poly tees, hoodies, water bottles, stainless steel pint glasses, baseball hats and beanies. Please note that the items are CASH ONLY and the shops are not making any profit on these items. Green Mountain Cyclery-Ephrata https://www.greenmtncyclery.com/ Holmes Cycling & Fitness-Camp Hill https://www.holmescycling.com/ In Gear Cycling and Fitness-Hummelstown http://ingearcycling-fitness.com/ Leeds Cyclery-Palmyra http://leedscyclery.com/ Lititz BikeWorks-Lititz https://www.lititzbikeworks.com/ Mountainside Ski & Sports-Mechanicsburg http://www.mountainsideski-sports.com/ Pedal Pusher-Harrisburg (717) 652-7760 World Cup Ski & Cycle-Camp Hill...

CAMP MACK CLOSED

Camp Mack will be closed to mountain bikes until further notice. SAMBA is working to resolve the issues and we’ve had some good discussions with the Land Manager. We are optimistic that we can reach a new arrangement in the coming months. Kindly do not ride at the camp until we are able to negotiate a new access agreement. Riding during this time will make it more difficult to restore the access. This includes all roads and trails within the camp and includes nights and Sundays. Thank You for your cooperation and...