Thursday, November 09, 2006

UCSC Bike Plan Draft Review November 17th

There will be a public review of the UCSC bike plan next Friday November 17th from 4:30-6 pm. Details are at the end of this post.

This is a great plan since UCSC has made provisions for LEGAL off road single track trails in Section 2.

If you haven't done so already, please make comments on the plan to

Some talking points:
  • Express your support for the provision of recreational off-road bicycling in the draft.
  • Express you willingness to help with trail design, construction and maintenance of the trails.
  • Express your willingness to serve on the Campus Bicycle Committee (CBC) to oversee bicycling issues.
This recreational trails part of the plan is a great concession to the mountain biking community. I hope we can work together to make it work.

For more details please look at the Bike Plan page
UC Santa Cruz 2006 Draft Bike Plan

A public meeting to review the Draft 2006 Bike Plan (PDF) for the University of California, Santa Cruz will be held on Friday, November 17, 2006, in Bay Tree Conference Room C, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Larry Pageler, Co-Director of Transportation and Parking Services, will start the presentation at 5:00 p.m.

This meeting is an opportunity for the campus community to comment on the Draft 2006 UCSC Bike Plan. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to learn about and comment on the University's framework to improve and encourage bicycle use on and around the campus. The general public is also welcome. An updated project list (although not yet available on the web) will be available at the meeting.

Comments on the Draft 2006 Bike Plan are welcome until 5:00 p.m., December 18, 2006. Send comments to:

Questions should be directed to Larry Pageler (, Co-Director of TAPS, or Cathy Crowe (, Transportation Planner at TAPS.


Mark Davidson said...

Dear Bike Plan Committee,

I represent Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) and I thank you for including provisions for recreational trails in the draft UCSC Bike Plan. We believe that a legitimate trail network at UC will provide health and recreational opportunities for staff, students and the community. Also, a UCSC trail network will add to the regional inventory of trails which includes the adjacent State Parks and will positively contribute to the economic development the City of Santa Cruz.

MBOSC and the mountain biking community is willing to help with the design, implementation and maintenance of the UCSC trail network. We believe that we can utilize many of the existing trails in the current network with some re-alignments.

MBOSC is the local affiliate of the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) and we can utilize their trail expertise through their Trail Care Crew and Trail Solutions programs.

MBOSC is willing to apply for trail building grants such as the Federal Recreational Trail Program (RTP) and other funding programs to help defray the costs of construction, signage and maintenance of the trails.

We thank you for including recreational trails in the bike plan and are looking forward to a productive partnership.


About Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz

Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC is a non-profit educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve trail opportunities for mountain biking in Santa Cruz County. MBOSC represents about 170 riders and is an affiliate club of the International Mountain Biking Association.

Since 1997, we have been advocating responsible mountain biking through trail building and maintenance, building partnerships with other user groups, educating mountain bikers about user conflict and responsible riding and working with federal, state and local land managers to create more opportunities for mountain biking.

Mark Davidson - President
Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz

Alex Hoffman said...

Im trying to find as much information on this project as possible and in doing so i've been surprised to find no campus affiliated literature. There are no search results short of the MBoSC page that mention anything about this bike plan. Im a UCSC student with a stake in the civic conversation on campus, especially regarding bike activism, and im baffled by the lack of publicity surrounding this.

As a avid CX and newly christened fat-bike rider I would love to see the legitimization of upper-campus! I can speak for myself and the group of riders i share experience with on and off road when i say that we would all jump at the opportunity to steward, maintain and ride these trails.

I look forward to progress and eventual implementation of this bike plan and would love to be included in the group effort that is it's legitimization.

//Alex Hoffman
Applied Physics Major, UCSC