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Disciples of Dirt to speak at Monday’s City Council meeting about cycling on the Ribbon Trail, ask for your support

Yellow marks the newly built Ribbon Trail (click for larger picture)

Leaders of  local mountain bike club Disciples of Dirt (DoD) MTB Eugene plan to speak at Monday’s April 26th, Eugene City Council meeting in support of re-opening the Ribbon Trail to cyclists. They will urge the city to reconsider the recent decision, and would like as many cyclists in the audience as possible to help show support.  This is a chance for Eugene’s splintered cycling factions to begin to unite and support each other on key advocacy issues.  The group is meeting in front of the City Council Chambers (on Pearl Street between 7th and 8th) at 7pm to go over details, and then will enter together shortly before the meeting begins at 7:30.

If you can’t make it, you can still view the City Council WebCast

An announcement posted on the DoD webpage explains their position:

Attention Mountain Bikers and Trail Supporters!! In light of the City of Eugene’s recent decision to ban Mountain bikes from the Ribbon trail (the newest addition to the Ridgeline trail system) we are going to go to the Eugene City Council Meeting next Monday to let them know that we are disappointed in this decision. We will present numerous reasons why Mountain bikers should be allowed to share the use of this trail, as well as many of our other local trails. We hope to inform the City Council that this issue is important to many people, and educate them about how more mountain bike trails are consistent with the City’s stated goals and values.

Read this article for background on the Ribbon trail decision:

[WeBikeEugene.org's Ribbon Trail Article]

We hope to bring together a large group of polite and respectable cyclists to attend this Council meeting to show our strength in numbers. We will have a few designated folks speak in front of Council, and we want everyone else there just to show the size and diversity of our group.

We are asking people to show up in front of the City Council Chambers (On Pearl Street between 7th and 8th) at 7pm on Monday April 26th. We will gather and go over some info, and then as a group we will enter the Council Chamber a few minutes before the 7:30 meeting start.

It really is critical to try and get a large number of people together at this meeting to show that there is a large constituency that cares about this issue. It isn’t easy to get City Council to put their energy into fixing citizen concerns, and it only seems to work when a large and vocal group comes together to advocate for change.

This meeting will be the first of a few. We’ll announce the other meeting(s) as soon as we work out more details. We hope to get the City Council to realize that there is strong support for building more trails that are open to bikes. We also want them to understand that concerns about safety, trail damage, and other issues have been successfully resolved in dozens of towns across the US. There are so many examples of success that it will be hard for people to ignore the facts.

Our long term goal would be to see the entire Ridgeline trail system have access to MTB use. We also hope to ensure that all future trail expansions will have a MTB component unless unique circumstances prevent the possibility.

Stay tuned for a Facebook group forming within hours, called MTB Eugene. This group will become the main advocacy group for mountain bike issues in and adjacent to Eugene. Become a fan of MTB Eugene, and RSVP to attend the Council meeting on the Facebook page. Also, send invites to your friends and family.

Finally, we’d love to hear any ideas or suggestions that you may have about how to help this cause. Anyone interested in getting involved can contact me, and I’ll add you to the planning group.

Thanks, mAtt, Al, A-dog, Eric, Tyler and Steve

Read this article for background on the Ribbon trail decision:
http://tinyurl.com/ribbontrail

We hope to bring together a large group of polite and respectable cyclists to
attend this Council meeting to show our strength in numbers. We will have a few
designated folks speak in front of Council, and we want everyone else there just
to show the size and diversity of our group.

We are asking people to show up in front of the City Council Chambers (On Pearl
Street between 7th and 8th) at 7pm on Monday April 26th. We will gather and go
over some info, and then as a group we will enter the Council Chamber a few
minutes before the 7:30 meeting start.

It really is critical to try and get a large number of people together at this
meeting to show that there is a large constituency that cares about this issue.
It isn’t easy to get City Council to put their energy into fixing citizen
concerns, and it only seems to work when a large and vocal group comes together
to advocate for change.

This meeting will be the first of a few. We’ll announce the other meeting(s) as
soon as we work out more details. We hope to get the City Council to realize
that there is strong support for building more trails that are open to bikes.
We also want them to understand that concerns about safety, trail damage, and
other issues have been successfully resolved in dozens of towns across the US.
There are so many examples of success that it will be hard for people to ignore
the facts.

Our long term goal would be to see the entire Ridgeline trail system have access
to MTB use. We also hope to ensure that all future trail expansions will have a
MTB component unless unique circumstances prevent the possibility.

Stay tuned for a Facebook group forming within hours, called MTB Eugene. This
group will become the main advocacy group for mountain bike issues in and
adjacent to Eugene. Become a fan of MTB Eugene, and RSVP to attend the Council
meeting on the Facebook page. Also, send invites to your friends and family.

Finally, we’d love to hear any ideas or suggestions that you may have about how
to help this cause. Anyone interested in getting involved can contact me, and
I’ll add you to the planning group.

Thanks,
mAtt, Al, A-dog, Eric, Tyler and Steve

3 comments to Disciples of Dirt to speak at Monday’s City Council meeting about cycling on the Ribbon Trail, ask for your support

  • Just a slight correction. The group representing the MTB community when it comes to accessissues is now “MTB Eugene”. The Disciples of Dirt will remain a social organization and will organize rides and social events, along with some trail work sessions, but will leave the advocacy to MTB Eugene. Most members of the DOD will also be MTB Eugene members, and vice versa.

    Thanks for he article!

    mAtt

  • Please come out to this meeting, even if you don’t mountain bike. Check out the MTB Eugene group on Facebook here:
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/group.php?gid=110534582319949

    Watch for a MTB Eugene website coming soon!

  • Jeff

    The City should be accessing its favor to those that ride, hike and walk the Ridgeline trail system. Accessibility should be granted to all that use the trail. Banning mountain bikes is like giving a punishment to a society that you nothing about or have ever ridden with them or build trails with them on trail work days in the woods they ride.

    Not, only are they peaceful, they’re a large core body of people that would things merrier for everyone involved in the process. They have strong words and wisdoms and come from all walks of life, even those with disabilities.

    Refraining access to those with mountain bikes would also amount to those with disabilities that have a passion to ride locally instead of riding with those that ride out of town trails.

    I encourge all city council members to remember, restricting such venues as mountain biking would like cause some wrangling over issues that you have never known about. How many of those on the city council have ever ridden a mountain bike in the woods and enjoy the sport? How many of them on the city council have ever worked hand to hand building trails for the sport in a way that you’ve never seen before?

    Interesting enough, I can almost bet – the answer would be solified, “NO!”, in the process of question and answer department.

    Accessibility is a right for all, the city is accountable for those decisions in the bicycling community, including to those that ride mountain bikes, need more accssible access to ride the Ridgeline Trail System from start to finish.