County Parks Master Plan starts - WNYMBA is on the job!

eriesealImagine just a 2 mile XC ski loop at Sprague Brook and a couple of wet snowmobile trails; that’s it. Imagine sheriff deputies ticketing your car at Hunters Creek because it was closed. Imagine having just about no place to ride in Erie County. Imagine not being allowed to help build or maintain trails anywhere in the county.

For many of us, we don’t have to imagine. That was the situation in Erie County in 2001. WNYMBA had been around for 9 years, but had met only a stone wall talking with the county. It all changed when the county started their master planning process that year. WNYMBA kicked it into high gear and got involved in every way possible.

Today look at what we have got: Hunters Creek is now open for bicycles! The adopted master plan incorporated WNYMBA’s suggestion of developing a new singletrack trail system at Sprague Brook, which WNYMBA started work on in 2004 and has been a success beyond everyone’s wildest dreams. Volunteers are now allowed in the parks, and the county recognizes WNYMBA as one of their best, if not the best volunteer organization they have.

Well it’s that time again.

Erie County kicked of their latest master planning initiative – the first since that plan 15 years ago. And once again, WNYMBA is on the case. We attended three of the focus group kick off meetings held last week and will work throughout the process to maintain the access we have and to develop new places to ride. The planning process will take most of 2017 and much will be in small meetings, but there will definitely be lots more opportunity for public input, and we will need all WNYMBites to turn out in force for these events. Keep your eyes peeled on this space (and on facebook and meetup) for more details. If you want more low down on the process and what WNYMBA is doing, please attend our meetings for all the details.

A lot of what we do at WNYMBA is about fun – group rides, campouts, etc. But just as important is the advocacy. Take nothing for granted. This is crunch time for access to trails, and WNYMBA needs your support.

November 2016 meeting on November 30

Meeting clip artOur final meeting of 2016 will be November 30 @ Santora's Near UB @ 7:00 PM. Check out the meetup info. Meeting starts at 7:00. Santora's cooks up a mean pizza and has some great beer on tap.  Hope to see you there! Lots going on!

Board meeting Tuesday, Nov. 15

Board meeting 0081Board meetings are where lots of boring stuff happens.  We try to work out boring details about running the club, in order to present to the general membership during our regular meetings.  They aren't a lot of fun, but since WNYMBA isn't a secret organization, any members can come to if they are looking for a snoozefest.  OUr next one is going to be Tuesday Nov. 15 to talk about ebikes (Cattaraugus County contacted us about them), update on membership drive, outer harbor, darien lake, and HV next steps, tool inventory, website, and 2017 goals.  This one will be at Hamburg Brewring @ 7:00 on Nov. 15 (Tuesday) (WNYMBA isn't buying, just in case you wondered).  If you like the nuts and bolts of running a nonprofit, see you there!

Board meeting Friday Evening

Board meeting 0081Board meetings are where lots of boring stuff happens.  We try to work out boring details about running the club, in order to present to the general membership during our regular meetings.  They aren't a lot of fun, but since WNYMBA isn't a secret organization, any members can come to if they are looking for a snoozefest.  They are usually short notice as well as we have them on an as-needed basis.  So we are having one this Friday to talk about the swap wrap up, membership activities, National Trails Day planning, Other trailwork, Camping weekend details, etc.  This one will be at Aurora Brew Works @ 7:00 on Friday the 13th (of may) (WNYMBA isn't buying, just in case you wondered).  If you like the nuts and bolts of running a nonprofit, see you there!

Holiday Valley Substantially Competes Construction of the "Flow Trail"

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HV reports to us "We finished up all the work on the new section with the mini excavator today only some hand work to do and the trail is basically done. We also are putting in the old log n bog trail back in that starts at the top of morning star and will connect into the new trail near peppermint lane, this will give us an easy way from the top of the hill to the new trail without going to Tannenbaum. Still some hand work to do but excited to start using the new trail"

This is awesome news. I got out today after the rain to get some pictures below. As they say, there is still some hand work to follow up behind the machine work, but it is looking awesome. HV has already started putting in new trail beyond this with the re-establishment of the old log-n-bog trail.

This is the trail that we tried to get the Bell Built grant for, but lost in a close contest.  Hats off to HV for going out an building it for us withouth the grant.

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