Action Alert! Vote Yes on Amendment One, the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment

Mountain Bikers are Conservationists. We absolutely must support funding for public land and conservation for shared use trails and our sport. We have a tremendous opportunity to do just that on November 6th.

The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment is on the ballot on November 6 as Amendment One.

This Fall Georgians have a historic opportunity to dedicate funding for conservation and outdoor recreation, and it can be done without a tax increase.  Georgia’s economy and quality of life are directly tied to both the water quality of our rivers, lakes and streams and the availability and beauty of our outdoor spaces, wildlife habitats and parks.

Amendment One will allow a portion of the existing sales and use tax on outdoor sporting goods to the protection of the state’s land, water and wildlife with no new taxes or fees. Over $20 million would be dedicated every year for the next ten years.  This funding could not be used for any other purpose and would be subject to strict accountability provisions and public disclosure.

If passed, this funding would: Protect lands critical to clean drinking water and the quality of Georgia’s lakes, rivers and streams. Acquire and improve parks and trails for  outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy in communities throughout the state. Maintain and improve access to wildlife management areas and create new opportunities for hunting and fishing. Support Georgia’s $28.3 billion outdoor recreation industry.

The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment is supported by a coalition of  leading conservation organizations including: The Conservation Fund, Georgia Conservancy, Georgia Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy, Park Pride, The Trust for Public Land as well as MTB Atlanta and the Southern Off Road Bicycling Association.

Mountain Bikers are some of the most active stewards of recreational trails on public lands in the state of Georgia, and our work benefits others beyond our sport such as hikers, runners, and equestrians. We urge you to do your part as a steward of public lands and trails by voting YES on Amendment One.

For more information, you can go to the website:  http://www.GeorgiaOutdoorStewardship.org or contact bfoster@georgiaconservancy.org.

Action Alert! National Mountain Biking Survey-Participate today!

Action Alert!

What is your MTB experience like? Your trails, trail access and community? What do you want and why do you ride? Tell us!

The National Mountain Biking Survey is now open and is the first-ever nationwide survey to understand the habits, trail access and levels of engagement of America’s mountain bikers.

There are still cities and counties in Metro Atlanta that have no mountain bike trails. MTB Atlanta is working to change that and get you more riding, closer to home. Your time taking this survey will help us achieve this goal.

This survey will inform local and national mountain bike advocacy efforts, as well as enlighten anyone working to gain, grow and promote mountain bike access.

In partnership with Ohio University and the SRAM Cycling Fund, we’re seeking to paint a comprehensive picture of the state of mountain biking, its opportunities and its challenges in the U.S. and we need YOUR opinion to be a part of it!

Everyone who takes the survey may choose to enter to win a SRAM GX Eagle groupset. If you do, your responses will still be anonymous.

Please take the survey! And be sure to share it with your friends who ride. We need to hear from every person who rides a mountain bike. It is open until September 20.

Click the link below to take the survey today:

https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e8ugn6H4uebaBRH

Action Alert! Big Creek Update and Roswell City Council Meeting Tonight

Big Creek Update-

The proposal for the MOU for the development of the Tennis Center at Big Creek has been tabled. Thank you all for your support on social media, direct contact with Roswell City government and for the over 25,000 signatures on the petition to preserve Big Creek!

Although this proposal has been tabled, RAMBO, members of the MTB Atlanta Board, green space advocates and many of you from the Metro Atlanta MTB community will still be attending the City Council meeting in Roswell this evening in support of the preservation of Big Creek Park and recreational trails.

If you plan on attending, please be at Roswell City Hall at 5PM and wear a red shirt. The goal here is to “be seen.”

Details for the meeting: https://www.facebook.com/events/712989655706126/

As members of the Metro Atlanta MTB community, we know that you are passionate about the preservation of the places you love to ride. We want to remind everyone as an advocate and representative for the sport and the trails you love,  that you please conduct yourself with decorum and respect in the presence of the Mayor and the Roswell City Council.

Know that RAMBO’s Board has been in direct contact with the Roswell City government about this situation and that they have had a solid working relationship with the City for well over 15 years.  This relationship is the foundation on which our access and the trails at Big Creek Park has been built upon.

Our image as advocates is very important. Since this situation has developed, the MTB Atlanta Board has been contacted by other Metro Atlanta land managers about the Tennis Center proposal at Big Creek. Know that we have three active MOU proposals with different Metro governments in the works, two of which will likely be presented in front of their respective Councils this September for a vote of approval. These MOU’s will unlock the potential for up to 50 miles of new single track and Metro Atlanta’s first purpose built Bike Park.

Please portray yourself as the level headed conservationists and trail advocates we know that you are as other Metro governments are watching. We depend on willing land managers for access and trail development, without the support of MOU’s and local governments, trails simply do not get built or maintained.

Below are the official statements on the proposed MOU between the Krause Family Foundation and the City of Roswell for the development of the Angela Krause Tennis Center at Big Creek Park:

From the Krause Family Foundation:

To whom it may concern:

After discussions with a council person and others involved with our prospective project, AKTP&FC, we are in agreement that this project should not move forward at this time. We are hopeful that the mayor and council will schedule town hall meetings so that everyone can have a say, and a decision can be had as to what is the best use of their land know as Big Creek Park. We were told that the land was purchased to be an active park, as opposed to its current use as a passive park. With that information in mind, we felt as though a world class tennis, pickleball and fitness center would be a nice amenity for the citizens of Roswell. If this facility is not wanted by the majority of its citizens, we will look for another venture which will be a memorial for our daughter, Angela. For all off you that have expressed support, we thank you and hope that a positive resolution can be found in the near future.

From Mayor Lori Henry:

A Message from Mayor Lori Henry

Good evening. After speaking with Vernon Krause of the Krause Foundation this afternoon, we have jointly decided not to move forward with the Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Roswell and the Krause Foundation to locate the Angela Krause Tennis, Pickleball and Fitness Center in Big Creek Park. The item will be taken off the Monday, August 13, 2018 Mayor and Council agenda.

When Mr. Krause approached the Mayor’s office with the generous offer of investing upwards of $50 million in a world-class tennis facility for the east side of Roswell, we were very excited about the project. We believed it would have been an economic catalyst for the east side, drawing other investment into that area and being a driver for redevelopment along the Holcomb Bridge Road corridor east of GA-400. We thought the tennis center would have given the east side of Roswell a destination that would draw people from all over the region. We heard a clear message last year from east side residents during the Economic Development Forums that creating a destination place for the east side was a priority and key desire.

However, the community has let us know over the past several days that they do not support this project for Big Creek Park. We want you to know we hear you again, so we will not be moving forward with it. In the coming months, we will hold a town hall meeting for further input from residents on the possibility and location of a tennis center in Roswell.

I want to thank Mr. Krause and the Krause Foundation for wanting to invest millions of dollars into our community to honor his daughter. I hope our community will be able to assist him in the future with his dream to build a facility in memory of Angela.

From the Roswell Alpharetta Mountain Bike Organization:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
8/12/18 – Roswell, GA

The Roswell-Alpharetta Mountain Bike Organization (RAMBO) received the statements made this afternoon by Mayor Lori Henry and Vernon Krause agreeing to table further plans to pursue an MOU that would put the private Krause Family Tennis Center in the passive Big Creek Park.

We’re grateful to know they have heard the overwhelming voice of the citizens of the City of Roswell, that Big Creek Park was not the correct location for a private facility of this massive scale, as it would do so at the expense of clear cutting more than 60 acres of green space, miles of hiking and biking trails enjoyed by thousands locally and regionally, plus damage to the sensitive Big Creek Watershed and environment.

As Big Creek Park celebrates its 18th birthday this month, RAMBO looks forward to continuing to work with the City, its award-winning Parks Department, as well as local residents on ways to more clearly define the long-term plan that protects the natural green space we all enjoy in the park today.

Brad Wender
RAMBO President
40-year Roswell Resident

Thanks and see you tonight!

MTB Atlanta

Action Alert !! Help preserve the Big Creek MTB Trails and Support RAMBO !!

Calling all Metro Atlanta Mountain Bikers, Cyclists, Hikers, Trail Runners, Passive Recreation, Forest Canopy, Green Space, Wildlife and Shared Use Trail Advocates!

Join us Monday 8/13,  5pm at Roswell City Hall to hear the impact that a proposed MOU with the City of Roswell and the Krause Family Foundation will have on the existing hiking and biking trails at Big Creek Park. A council vote for the mayor to sign is on the docket. It’s time to have your voice heard.

The current proposal calls for 65 of the 95 acres of park greenspace to be replaced with 135 tennis courts in a privately owned-facility. The impact could cause significant or total loss of hiking and biking trails at Big Creek Park.

MTB Atlanta believes this would be a huge loss for mountain biking and recreational trails in Metro Atlanta.

Here’s what you can do:

1. Come to the City Council meeting, be seen and let your voice be heard respectfully if there is time for public comment.

When: Monday August 13th 5:00 PM

Where: Roswell City Hall  38 Hill St, Roswell, Georgia 30075

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/712989655706126/

2. Support RAMBO – Roswell Alpharetta Mountain Bike Organization

Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/rambomtb/ and website http://www.rambo-mtb.org.

3. If you live in Roswell, contact your City  Council member and let them know that you support the preservation of the shared use trails at Big Creek Park.

4. Sign the petition:https://www.change.org/p/lori-henry-save-big-creek-park-from-krause-tennis-center-monstrosity

Info on the proposed development: https://www.ajc.com/business/roswell-tennis-complex-planned-international-destination/1THyMktVJbltUHYiDB5N4K/?utm_source=roswell_fb&utm_medium=social

We will continue to keep the ridership and membership of MTB Atlanta informed on this proposal at Big Creek Park as it develops.

MTB Atlanta

Action Alert !! Chattahoochee River NRA Survey and Social Pinpoint

Metro Atlanta Mountain Bikers, we need your input!

We’d like to announce an online Social Pinpoint interface designed to gather your input on the Trails at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area on several topics, as well as obtain your general comments and concerns.

We want to understand what you, as a park visitor, believe is important in your area, and what about the trail systems should be retained, added to, changed, or improved.

This outreach tool will help us:

• Gain an understanding of key issues from the local community that are important to consider for the long term sustainability of Trails administered by NPS
• Find out what community members like and don’t like about the CHAT Trail system
• Help us identify key locations for supporting features and any additional infrastructure needs
• Understand key community priorities that are important for this project

Click here to access the Social Pinpoint interface: https://appliedtrailsresearch.mysocialpinpoint.com/chat#/

We’ve also launched an online survey to capture information about you, your use of the park and your desires for recreational activities within the Chattahoochee National Recreational Area.

Follow this link to take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CRNRA

Action Alert !! Pisgah Ranger District Survey

Metro Atlanta Mountain Bikers-

Many of our members and the ridership in Metro Atlanta ride in the Pisgah Ranger District frequently and some of you have second homes in the Brevard area.  The Pisgah Ranger District is one of the premiere mountain bike destinations in the US, just over 3 hours from Atlanta.

The Pisgah Ranger District of the Forest Service has released a scoping letter identifying suggested changes to the trail system in the Pisgah National Forest.

The suggestions range from creating connector trails to removing access to mountain bikers on some trails.

Comments are due to the Forest Service by April 27th and we want your input.

The Pisgah Area Chapter of SORBA has published a survey to gather input for the Forest Service.

Please take our survey by April 10th if possible!  Please SHARE!  We need as many responses as possible.  Thank you!

What else can you do?

The Forest Service is holding an open house on Tuesday, April 10th from 5-7 pm at Pisgah Station Visitor’s Center. We encourage all to attend, but please note that this is an open house, not a public comment event, this is an opportunity to learn what the FS is trying to achieve. You are free to let them know what you think, but please be respectful.

Pisgah Area SORBA will be hosting a meeting on WednesdayApril 11th at Oskar Blues Brewery North Carolina at 6 pm. We will review the proposed changes along with the maps and we will share the results of the survey at that point in time.

Action Alert !! Public Input Meeting CRNRA Trail Assessment

Action Alert! Metro Atlanta Mountain Bikers and trail users of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area,  join us on Thursday, April 12, or Saturday, April 14, to learn about the Trail Master Plan that is being developed for the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Our trails have been loved to death over the decades and this plan will help serve as a blueprint for maintenance, restoration and connectivity.  This is an introduction of the Trails Assessment for public input. This assessment was produced by Applied Trails Research for every trail in every unit of the Park. The project was funded by the Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy, the Friends Group of the Park. We wish to thank the Friends, one non profit to another, for funding this vital project. If you love the CRNRA, you should join the Friends group here: https://www.chattahoocheeparks.org/join-us.

As always to support access, advocacy, new trail construction and trail maintenance,  join MTB Atlanta at our join tab above.

Join the public presentations at these locations:

April 12 (7-9pm): CREEC, 8515 Barnwell Rd. Johns Creek, GA
April 14 (10-12:30): REI Atlanta. Email atr2017survey@gmail.com to RSVP.