UPDATES FROM YOUR EDMONTON MOUNTAIN BIKE ALLIANCE (EMBA)
EMBFest is also looking for other volunteers to assist in various aspects. All volunteers will receive a single day all access pass following their first completed shift. Become a VIB (Very Important Biker) and sign up by going to the EMBFest Volunteer Page!
- Ribbon Of Green updates: In late July, EMBA received permission from the city to maintain Six Shooter and Ray Gun trails. This was the first step in returning trails that we had maintained in the past since city council passed the motion to let EMBA maintain trails in preservation areas at the end of May. Hardcore Bikes stepped up with a trail day in late July, and as part of the city process EMBA walked the trail after this trail day with two city departments showing them exactly the work we do. We got their approval as we improved sight-lines as well as drainage. The City is requesting EMBA to eliminate one entrance to Six Shooter off of Saskatchewan Drive, and they also asked EMBA to help with some tree planting in the area. EMBA fully supports the city’s suggestions if we are allowed to ride on the trails and maintain them. This is a small step that was a long-time in the making, and it is a positive step EMBA is looking forward to, as it can accelerate the process to adopt more trails in the city over the next few years. The next trails we will walk for approval are A Loop Through the Forest, U of A 1 to 6, Fancut, EMP Blast, and EMP Descent. Timing for the walk has not been set yet but EMBA hopes to have approval to maintain these trails by the end of September.
- EMBA’s Single Track Trail Master Plan: The committee met in June and had a preliminary meeting in regards to what to include in the Master Plan. Now the ongoing work includes developing a structure (charter) in regards to how to go about drafting the plan. The purpose of the master plan is to identify and help communicate our vision for the network of single track trails.
- Local Ski Hills in YEG and EMBA: We’ve been chatting with one of the local ski hills in River Valley on opening up summer operations with places to have a drink and social after a ride, and updating their facilities to support mountain biking and cycling (and other summer activities) with the potential of new trails, opening/fixing up old trails and of of course includes EMBA maintaining trails in and around their area. Keep checking our newsletters for more news on this!
- EMBA Bylaw Update: EMBA continues to make progress in finalizing our bylaws update and further establishing our alliance. The Bylaw committee continues to meet and we will have another update in an upcoming newsletter.
- EMBA Adopt-a-Trail – August Trail Maintenance: Another busy month! Work has now been completed on more than 50 trails! Thank you to the many groups and volunteers that make this happen! That sweet trail karma is growing immensely after last month! EMBA hosted two open trail days in August which saw work completed in Terwillegar Park on Go and Dave’s Trail, while another trail day saw work completed on McAloon Rip in McNally.
Adopt-a-Trail leaders worked with their clubs to complete work on many trails as well, including West Beach, Buckle, Brew Master, Belt, Stout, Bohemian Maid, Old Brewery Cut, and Six Shooter / Ray Gun
- National Urban Park: We hope to bring you another update in our October newsletter as certain parts our river valley could be re-designated as a National Urban Park
- Are you hosting a mountain bike race, event or something to you want to get out to the community? Drop us a line – let us know what’s going on. Contact us. We’d love to support, share and help get the word out to our members and followers.
Keep Everyone Smiling: Friendly Reminder on Trail Etiquette
Be aware of other trail users – all trails are multi-use and multi-directional
Mountain bikers yield to people on foot
Mountain bikers going down yield to mountain bikers going up
Bells and yells help others know you are on the trail
Stay alert and keep it mellow at trail exits and junctions
Stay in control of your bike
LOOK OUT in MacKinnon Ravine! CAUTION!!!
Wonder Woman / Museum Hill / Purple Haze / Diana Prince / Widowers Crack / Widow Maker trails are blocked off at the bottom of each trail by fencing as well as rope that can be injurious while riding! The City of Edmonton has closed the paved trail at the bottom of these mountain bike trails and others in the area while they focus on erosion in the area and complete construction. CLICK HERE for more information and updates.