Very true. Rational, intelligent conversation with a strong and valid point will do much more for a cause.
cool, thanks for that man...
I just spoke to a Ms. Nikki Newby for about 10 minutes. She's a very nice lady on the TAC. She will be there on Wednesday night. I invited her to the IMBA Trailbuilding school and asked her to pass along the invitations that I send to her via email to the other folks on the TAC.
Here's is how I think you guys need to focus your message:
1. Please inform them that you are avid trail riders and you want to give back to the park that you love. You would like to become an active part of the stewardship of the park and focus on making that happen, however that is done in this park. Some parks have adopt a trail, others do not (this one apparently does not) so there is a discussion of a "Friends of..." organization happening (Friends of 6Mile Run for example). This is an excellent opportunity to get into the act early and become the active stewards of the park... talk about it, see how they'd like to proceed. Express your ideas if asked and go from there. you may need 2, 5, 10 more meetings to make the whole thing work but you do need to start with the good first impression and work through things patiently.
The alternative is to do nothing and let them gravel over the whole park, which seems like an easy way out but is actually our worst nightmare as riders, which brings me to:
2. Politely encourage attendance of anyone from the TAC to attend the IMBA TCC: http://www.jorba.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=566
If we can get some of these folks there, as well as thier consultant (John Loos), we may be able to:
- convince them that sustainable singletrack trails can be built for multi-use *without* the dreaded "gravel it all solution"
- convince them that mtb'ers are value adding users to any park and an asset to any network. we can move in and keep a park in top shape because we're trained in this by IMBAs TCC and we ride all the time and we hate crappy trails.
Hopefully Ive given you guys some guidance here that can be used constructively at the Wednesday night meeting. I really hope that some of you attend. I think that it can be a VERY positive thing. Please keep us updated and feel free to contact me directly at mergler at jorba.org if you need any more 2 cent advice