ACTION ALERT: make sure AA $ is spent on trails for US: attend meeting or email by Wed 9/10
Thank you for getting out and voting for Measure AA! The measure squeaked in to win, largely due to the mountain biking community. Hurrah! We’ve shown them that we’re people of action. Now we have to do the next step: make sure the money is spent on mountain biking trails.
Mid Pen sold this measure on a promise to build more mountain biking trails – let’s make certain they do.
A special meeting of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space Board of Directors is happening this week to discuss these issues – please attend to speak or email before the meeting.
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!
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.”