Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers Endorses Measure AA!

This is a very important measure for mountain bikers in Silicon Valley. Check out our video for more information.

The Midpen Board of Directors voted to place a general obligation bond measure on the June 3, 2014 ballot. The decision came after a long public process to help shape the direction and priorities of the District into the future. SVMTB participated in this process and the resulting vision plan reflects the public’s priorities to expand, enhance, and connect regional trails and open space areas, to preserve open space, and to complete restoration projects.

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has permanently persevered more than 62,000 acres and manages 26 open space preserves. Your vote on June 3 is needed for the bond measure that will maintain and enhance our local natural areas, protect redwood forests, local creeks and streams, coastal lands and natural areas - and open more areas for hiking and biking!

IMBA Survey

Walden Hyde is working with the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) to better serve mountain bikers.

Because you ride bikes on trails, we want to know more about who you are and what you care about. And, we’ll make it worth your time by entering your name in a drawing for an IMBA kit or IMBA T-shirt!

Click this link to begin … and thanks for your thoughts. We really appreciate your help and your time.
- See more at: http://www.waldenhyde.com/mtb-survey/#sthash.oLMPkrU3.dpuf

ECdM Staging Area – Open February 21st

We received this message from Tina Hugg at Openspace.org to SVMTB

” I’m happy to announce that we just received approval from San Mateo County to open the parking area and trail to the public.  Both will be open this Friday, February 21st.  We are testing the automatic gates over the next couple days and getting the site ready for the opening.                        

The staging area has 63 regular parking spaces, 2 accessible parking spaces, and 4 equestrian spaces.  It also has a double stall restroom, sign boards, tire cleaning station, and shoe cleaning station.  There are several stormwater basins around the site, two of which have special bioretention soil and new plants in them to help filter pollutants from the runoff.  These have been partially fenced off so that the soil isn’t compacted by foot, hoof, or bike traffic, which would diminish its infiltration capacity.  The trail that used to connect Gate CM04 to Gate CM03 has been permanently closed because of a new basin, and it has been replaced by the new Sierra Morena Trail segment that connects the parking area to Gate CM03, Gordon Mill Trail, and the rest of the trail system.

We hope everyone enjoys this new amenity.  We know people have been waiting for the staging area for a long time, so we thank everyone for their patience.”

Midpen board approves Vision Plan

The final vision plan meeting for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District was held on January 14th.  On Wednesday January 29th, Board of Directors approved the associated 40-year Vision Plan, which includes a slate of 25 tier-one regional open space projects ranging from opening preserves and building trail connections to improving water quality, protecting the coastline, restoring forestlands, and creating wildlife corridors in an increasingly urbanized region.  A complete list of the approved Vision Plan Priority Actions can be found at www.openspace.org/imagine.

Midpen input – received!

Thanks everyone for your participation in the Midpeninsula Region Open Space District’s recent Vision process. Our voices were heard through workshop participation and a lot of on-line input – great!

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