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You all probably noticed that we have the login only on the front page of the website now.  We want to make sure everyone gets a look at the latest news from WNYMBA, and the place for that is the front page.

You can help keep the content on the front page fresh but submitting an article.  Anyone can do it!  You will see a new menu button on the left.  Click it and type or paste in your article.  An editor will take a look at it, edit if necessary (like make more paragraph breaks so it's easier to read), add in the "read more..." line.  Then it will show up as a feature article.

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Sprague Brook Loop

This video includes most of the Sprague Brook main loop.

It was shot before the "new" downhill was made and also doesn't include the "Bridge" trail or Foote Road.


The new web site allows us to post videos in place of articles. If this is a feature we like, maybe we can get a preview link on the Homepage.

Sorry for the slow pace, we were just trying to keep the riders together for video sake. Enjoy.

DEC Releases Final State Forest Management Plan

Following the comment period that ended last October, DEC has released the Final State Forest Management Plan. It is available at this link and the section that deals with trails management is at this link.

The initial draft was favorable for bicycles with some exceptions. The final version remains mostly unchanged from the draft with respect to bicycle access. Overall, this is GOOD NEWS.

The plan specifically states “Mountain bikes are permitted to travel on any existing road or trail on State Forests unless the road or trail is posted as closed for this use.” This is consistent with the recently promulgated Part 190 state regs formalizing bike access. The wording in the that stated that trails would have to be inspected prior to opening has been removed as we requested.

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Erie County Parks Master Plan receives funding

As you read elsewhere, WNYMBA has been tracking the upcoming re-write of the Erie County Parks Master Plan.  Last time around (2002-2003), WNYMBA worked hard to get Hunters Creek open to bikes (did you know that bikes were not allowed there until 2002?!) and got into the plan to go-ahead to develop the trail system at Sprague.

We hope to be just as involved this time around, and have equally great results, hopefully opening up a new park for bike access and trail construction.  As the article linked below indicates, the county is looking towards passive recreation alternatives, and MTB fits the bill.  We have worked well with the county the past 15 years and hope to continue this with next master plan.  Read/listen to more about it here:


Allegheny National Forest wants to open trails - Tell them you agree!!

Below is the text of a press release today from IMBA (meaning its chapters WNYMBA and NAMBA, with assistance from our regional rep Anthony Duncan).

The TL;DR version is this:

Here's the forest service announcement: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/allegheny/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD511051

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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.