The First Meeting of 2017! Yes, we usually meet on a Wednesday, but this time it's a Thursday. Same as a Wednesday, but a day later. This is the traditional "elect your board members and officers" meeting, plus the chance to set the agenda for whole 2017 season. We really would like you to make it and make your voice heard. It will be at our usual winter time meeting place at Santora's Pizza on Millersport near UB. More details over at the Meetup.
Reminder: You all NEED to write to the Allegheny National Forest **THIS MONTH** (before Jan 26) to let them you know you support their Environmental Assessment supporting opening 12.5 miles of singletrack in the Allegheny National Forest. These trails are in between Allegany State Park in NY and the New Jakes Rocks trails in PA. All the info you need to know is in the IMBA Action Alert which is here: https://www.imba.com/alert/potential-new-trail-access-allegheny-national-forest-needs-your-action
As some of you may have read, there is good things going on on either side of the 42nd parallel, otherwise known as the state line. While WNYMBA continues to work on new trails in Allegany State Park, Jakes Rocks just opened up down near Warren. A bunch of WNYMBites ven road this past August from Ellicottville to Jakes Rocks over three days and got written up in the latest Dirt Rag. One area along the way that we couldn't ride, even though we were camping right on the trails that second night (along with the bears) was Tracy Ridge. Great news! The Forest Service has completed their environmental assessment and it supports opening 12.5 miles of these trails to bikes, as it found that the proposed action will not have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment. Read the details at this link. The final decision would not be issued until March or April. The forest service needs to hear from you in support of this action. The...
Imagine 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 t...
Our 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 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!