Monday, July 12, 2010

Trail Maintenance Day

June 12th was supposed to be a "trail maintenance day" to keep our local trails in good shape.  A few weeks prior, The Prescott National Forest Service caught wind of and ILLEGAL trail that was built in the Thumb Butte area.  When PNF Service walked the trail, they had found that the trail was built through a "prehistoric hunting site."  To actually build the trail, some rocks and stones were actually removed from this "anceint wall" so the trail could proceed through unobstructed.  What a shame.  So to rectify the situation, The PNF asked us to come out and destroy this ILLEGAL trail and "right a wrong."  This is an example of what not to do.  This is what land managers fear the most.  When we destroy parts of Prescott and Arizona history for the sake of a trail that lasted no more than a mile.  This is why it is so important to work with the Forest Service and land mangers, to develop sustainable legal trails that don't damage cultural/historical sites. When such acts are committed, it makes trail users look bad, and in this case....... mountain bikers are to blame.

PMBA is working diligently with the PNF and the City of Prescott to add more diverse trails so that this kind of activity does not occur.  It may take a while, but if we proceed through the right channels, it works out for everyone involved.  

Illegal trail building is a crime.  In this case a FELONY!  Since this ILLEGAL trail building destroyed a pre-historic site, it is punishable with a fine of up to $10,000 and 6 months in jail.  It's just NOT worth it.  

Saturday, July 10, 2010

1st Annual - Safety Clinic and Family Group Ride

Early Saturday morning, members from the Rides and Social Committee put on a safety clinic for kids in our area that would like to start trail/mountain biking.  "Ride safe and ride smart" was the mantra for this class.  It outlined the basic "how to's" in many situations  pertaining to mountain biking.  From helmets and hydration to changing a flat tire and trail etiquette, this class covered it all.  Everyone had a great time and learned some valuable skills.  Thank you to The Daily Courier, who were kind enough to do an article and help get the word out on bicycle safety.  Details can be seen here.  We would like to thank all of the families  that came out to participate, let's spread the word for next years Safety Clinic. Thank you to the volunteers and committee member for coming out and helping organize this event.

Keep checking back for more clinics and skills events throughout the year.  This is a great way to meet new people, fellow riders and get involved in the community.  If you would like to volunteer for these clinics, that would be great, contact

Sunday, July 4, 2010

PMBA Fundraising @ The Prescott Rodeo

On the 4th of July, members from PMBA and P.A.T. (Prescott Alternative Transportation) joined forces to raise money for both groups.  The deal with the organizers for The Prescott Rodeo were that they needed 25 volunteers to help bar tend at the 5 locations inside the Rodeo grounds for 4 hours and the tips were ours to keep as a way of saying thanks to our organizations.  With just three weeks to pull this off, and a major holiday to contend with, we had just 3 shy of a the full 25 volunteers.  It was a fun time to be had by all.  It went by rather quickly and before we knew it the Rodeo was over and the crowd dispersed.  After it was all said and done both PMBA and P.A.T. had collected size able contributions for their respective group.  Hopefully we can do it again next year and raise more funds for each group involved and get the word out for our cause

PMBA would like to thank all the volunteers that came out to help.