I was just out at the Cow Palace yesterday morning scoping out the area for the Pumptrack and AT’s Showdown. AT and Phil were out there coordinating the placement of the dirt… The pumptrack dirt was moved to an easily accessible spot, and is tarped (to protect it from the rain) and ready to become a glorious bicycle playground. All we need are shovel-wielding peeps to come and help shape the berms and rollers.
The dirt will be placed roughly on Friday via bobcat, and shaped over the weekend by SFUR Volunteers.
If you know how to use a shovel, tamper, rake, etc. Please hit me up with an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know when you can help this weekend, even if its only for a few hours. FYI… Sunday will be fun-day, as things should be taking shape and rideable. If weather is an issue, a revised build schedule will be posted on the MBP facebook page.
Phil hooked up a huge space for us to work with, so lets make it great.
On Sunday October 3rd, SF Urban Riders and its partners hosted San Francisco’s Second Annual ‘Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day’ to great success. Over 30 youth between the ages of 8 – 16 years old, and their families, participated and took on the challenges of McLaren Park. The events long list of partners included Specialized Bicycles, Clif Bar, SF Rec & Park, Mike’s Bike’s, YMCA, Noah’s Bagels, and San Francyclo. The highlight was the FREE Bike Raffle Specialized hosted, and they generously donated TWO 2010 Specialized Hardrock Bicycles! Full article at sfurbanriders.org.
I wholeheartedly support the development of a bicycle skills park in McLaren Park. I was born and raised in and around the Excelsior neighborhoods. McLaren Park has been my playground and secret riding spot all my life. As a kid BMX was a huge part of the local neighborhood culture. Bands of working class Latino, Filipino, Black and White kids used to run the streets searching out dirt jumps, backyard ramps, and asphalt fixtures. Armed with our dads tools we built dirt tracks & ramps at Cotter St, Alemany Blvd, Cayuga Park, Corpus Christi… Many of us joined race teams with the two local bike shops at the time- Borelli’s & R/P Racing- and traveled the state racing in BMX competitions.
As I raise my four kids less than a mile away from McLaren Park I am confident a bicycle skills park will cultivate a new generation of bike riders on the South East side of the city. I know first hand the importance of having positive recreational activities that fall outside of the traditional sports. Bicycling has been my life saver, it kept me out of trouble and connected me to a tight knit group of friends, including community members who supported us. I look forward to a bicycle skills park that is community driven and supported by local residents, community organizations, area schools, churches and small businesses.
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It was a good meeting regarding the Mclaren Park Planning Process. A few of us took the time to show up in support of the bike park.
A great many thanks to everyone who was there, and a great many thanks to those who took the time to fill out the first mclaren park survey. A full report is available at sfurbanriders.org.
A room full of cyclists in support of a bike park and multi use trails: That’s the message that we need to get across to the planners and government of San Francisco at large. Help us do so and fill out the survey that runs in conjunction with the planning meetings. There are no bike park – specific questions just yet, but feel free to put down your thoughts and dreams for the park in the ‘other’ category, as well as vote for the places most in need of rejuvination within the park.
This coming Tuesday, 3/23 at 6:30pm is the second of three meetings designed to gather community input regarding the development and improvements within McLaren Park. We need your help to support the vision of a bike park in McLaren.
Please consider taking an hour out of your evening to come out to the meetings, especially if you live nearby McLaren park and would like to see a bike park developed.
All the details of time and place can be found here.
And to make life easier, here’s a google map of the meeting location.