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Important meeting! Midpen Regional Open Space Dist:Foothills & Baylands Regions

Location: Multipurpose Room

Want more trails to ride?  Come to this meeting!  Last meeting we were underrepresented and guess what?  Our issues were voted down.  At the meeting before that there were a lot of mtbrs and the opposite happened.  YOU are important.

This is one of a series of meetings. There is a meeting for each region. The region discussed at this meeting is: Peninsula Foothills and Baylands Regions.

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Those who vote have the power to influence the future.  You have to be at the meeting to vote.  Bums in seats people!


There's never been a better, more pivotal place and time time to speak your mind on what you want to see done by MidPen (AKA Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District or MROSD).

MidPen is transitioning from an acquisition phase to a building phase has never been more serious about getting input from the public on what they want. From the Palo Alto Times:
To its credit, the Midpeninsula Open Space District has pulled out all the stops to undertake a $500,000 visioning and priority-setting process called "Imagine the Future of Open Space." With the help of consultants, it has conducted formal surveys and hundreds of informal interviews and group sessions to gather public input. Public meetings are scheduled over the next few weeks to gain further input, and the elected directors are expected to adopt a final plan by the end of the year.

Bring your MTB complaints and suggestions. This can be subjects from this thread, or others such as:
More singletrack, including loops.
More technical trails and more
Flow Trails
Shuttles and other fantasies

A similar meeting took place last week concerning San Mateo Coast/Half Moon Bay Regions. During this meeting, keypads were distributed at the beginning, and people were asked to key in numbers 1-10 to rank ideas presented.

Colored cards were available on each table to add comments at specific junctures of the presentation, and provided opportunity to insert queries-needs. These colored cards allow for direct insertion of MTB related concerns. They will instruct amply on when to write+hold up cards for collection. Keep comments short and direct, as those running the meeting will distill comments into short soundbites at the end of the meeting for all those left to vote on with the keypads provided.

In addition to specific suggestions, for overall blanket push of specific MTB interests, we'll add general MTB-favorable comments like:

All user groups be judged to the same standard when trails access is determined.(ex-if minimizing impacts to terrain-species is paramount, mountain bikes should not automatically be the first group excluded )
Mt Biking should be viewed as a tranquil nature experience similar to those hiking. In order to attain a level trails access playing field with MROSD, fundamental shifts need to occur from the cemented in perception of the mrosd board that MTB is a non-tranquil recreation activity.
What good will all this information do if MROSD board snubs input, as they seeming do when it suits?
MROSD board needs to be much more open to shared use trails which are the norm within the coastal region.
If one user group is allotted their own single use trail, the scales should be balanced by allotting other user groups their own trail(s) , ideally nearby .

At the San Mateo meeting, the "dog walkers" showed in in mass. They stayed til the end, and at the beginning their statements drew average 40+% positive keypad results. Towards the end,they averaged 80+%positive on many of the same principles. Probably because they're the ones that stayed to the end.

With only maybe 50 people attending, a few votes can have a huge impact on perception of public interest and the future planning. Likewise, it's very important to stay to the end of the meeting to have our MTB votes counted.

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  • Bob E

    We needed more Mountain Bikers at the meeting.

    November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    5 stars is for post meeting beer consumption!

    Summary: about (13) mtbrs came. That's 38% of 34 attendees! Most were there after seeing my posts. Afterwards, beers and bike talk at the local beirgarten. Pretty good day!

    Meeting attendees voted to voice their level of support on a whole host of projects on each preserve. Some of us thought the projects within those preserves shouldn't have been bundled together. Example: We were asked to vote on: "Do you support improvements at Preserve X?" The improvements might include interpretive signs, wildlife preservation, historical building preservation AND trail improvements. So what do you do if you just support trails? IMO this weakens the voice of bikers.

    Conclusion: 1) this is a long process that we need to commit to 2) mtbrs need to saddle up and lobby the MROSD board for what we want. One of the ways to do this is to be involved in a local mtb advocacy group such as Silicon Val Mtbrs. Maybe get one of us ON the MROSD board.

    November 17, 2013

  • Joe S.

    See you at the coffee shop ~12:30

    November 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Lunch anyone? Alex and I are having lunch at a local taqueria. You're welcome to join us. We could talk over lunch and skip the coffee stop. We'll be there at 12:00 La Sirena Rosa 2601 Middlefield. But no pressure. We can still meet you at coffee place at 12:30.

      November 16, 2013

    • Joe S.

      Thanks but eating burritos already! See you at coffee shop

      November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Riders need to show up to vote on MTB access issues. Get the word out to your friends.

    November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    12:30 - Anyone who wants to strategize, lets have a quick pre meeting meeting: Connoisseur Coffee Company, 2801 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City. Short walk to meeting site. Whoever gets there first, please grab the only table!

    After the last meeting, several of us who were there thought it would a good idea for us cyclists to decide on some goals and present a unified front.

    November 6, 2013

  • Bob E

    We need to have lots of people show up to get our voice heard.

    November 4, 2013

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