WNY MTB Patrol

This will probably surprise a lot of WNYMBA members, but we once joined forces with the Rochester Bicycle Club and IMBA to form the National Mtn. Bike Patrol of Western NY.

In the mid 1990's WNYMBA and RBC lobbied Letchworth State Park to open the FLT to bikes.  After much work, it was opened under three provisos:

  1. It was open only seasonally
  2. That the clubs do maintenance work, and last but not least....
  3. That we establish a bike patrol

Club members regularly patrolled the Letchworth section of the Finger Lakes Trail, the only section then and now that's open to bicycles. In 1996-97 the trail was opened for cycling on a trial basis. RBC and WNYMBA committed to many mandatory hours of trail work and bike patrolling . The commitment of those Club members laid the groundwork for the great riding we continue to enjoy there. Some of the people who were Bike Patrollers back then have continued their membership in the National Organization.

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Our insurance company has "strongly suggested" that we tell you that Mountain Biking can be dangerous. If you're visiting this site it's very likely that you're already aware that if you insist on having a good time by riding your mountain bike, eventually you will almost certainly fall down and collect any number of boo-boos, dings and injuries, serious or otherwise, but we have to tell you anyway.

Mountain Biking is a potentially hazardous activity carrying a significant risk of bodily injury and even death. Mountain biking should only be undertaken if you have a complete awareness of these risks. You can reduce the level of risk by wearing a helmet and by riding within your own skill level.