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:
- It was open only seasonally
- That the clubs do maintenance work, and last but not least....
- 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.