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  • #580566

    Buck
    Participant

    So I signed up to the club. In the application, it says the private facebook group has trail maps and trail info. Club members are permitted to join the group. Should answer some questions I have about the trails the group is working on.

    #580565

    singlesprocket
    Participant

    There is an interesting project underway in the Simcoe area south. Though I would like to see it extended north west around lake Simcoe with a branch going to Georgian Bay and other Route eventually heading to North bay.

    Lake to Lake Cycling Route and Walking Trail

    A highlight of the Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan is the construction of the Lake to Lake Cycling and Walking Trail. It is an on and off-road cycling route and walking trail that goes from Lake Simcoe at the northern edge of York Region through the City of Toronto to Lake Ontario in the south.

    http://www.york.ca/wps/wcm/connect/yorkpublic/7e0677e0-8b82-4992-9641-af3ad1b3f338/Lake+to+Lake+Feasibility+and+Design+Study+-+Volume+2+-+June+2013+-+Part+1.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

    http://www.york.ca/wps/portal/yorkhome/yorkregion/yr/plansreportsandstrategies/pedestrianandcyclingmasterplan/pedestrianandcyclingmasterplan/!ut/p/a1/jZBRb4IwFIV_iw88jl6ZCNtbx7IBavRtyAu5QikYLE1bcNuvXzUmZsk216eennNz-l2Sk4zkAseWo2l7gd1J5_Mioa9JHC8gXc_CCCisaeoFIYSLwAa2NgC_HAq35tN_FHhqFa04ySWa5q4VdU8y2aHQisleGY2i0kahYbxl2lqsYla3KKxRfpRdK_gBtWHqNHTTfyP5-UueN5vH0whSiNchJC_Bxn8O4ylE_o3AwrsE_liKpeZdvzsveEvF7j60eIrVTDHlDso-N8bIRwccOB6P7ogDb1C4JTogVb9npdHXW2E5Cm2GyuI7cCFyYIP8pCtW49AZF7V8_6mt6bUh2fcWIg_Z5_LpIdn73bikk8kXuxTYCw!!/dl5/d5/L2dBISEvZ0FBIS9nQSEh/#.U5HCC01OVMs

    #802996

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Welcome to RFG @tom_shaw and the SCMBC.

    For those who don’t know, Tom is the principal trail builder and a board member with the SCMBC (Simcoe County Mountain Bike Club) http://www.scmbc.ca. We reached out to Tom and the club at this time last year about sharing information about their trails here with our community but the timing wasn’t right. I’m happy to see Tom and SCMBC join the community. Welcome!

    When I took on this site, one of my principle goals was to give all advocacy groups and the community, a voice. That is still the purpose of this space. These are complex topics that folks are passionate about and things can sometimes get heated and derailed. I would like to ask members to remember that we all share the same higher purpose: to have more great trails to ride. Collectively, let’s make sure the discussions remain productive and collegial. Please join me in welcoming Tom and the SCMBC to Riding Feels Good. The SCMBC trails are amazing, as I have posted here before.

    Let’s share information about these trails, the club and how we can help each other.

    The SCMBC trails are membership based, which has sometimes generated debate. I have a membership and will be likely be renewing it this year. The club can outline the membership details here and you are free to make your own choices based on that information.

    If the club is open to it, I would suggest an RFG ride day hosted by the club where riders can see the trails first hand and have the club inform our members about the membership details, should they want to ride there in the future.

    Happy trails,

    RFG

    #803026

    Tom Shaw
    Participant

    Thank You Marc for the opportunity to address any thoughts or questions people may have about the Simcoe County Mountain Bike Club.

    The Simcoe County Forest is the largest and one of the most productive municipal forests in Ontario, totalling over 32,000 acres. Originally established to rehabilitate ‘wastelands’, these forests provide a multitude of environmental, social, and economic benefits to the County including protection of wildlife habitat and water resources, public education and recreation, scientific research and the production of wood products. The Simcoe County Mountain Bike Club was established to build and maintain Singletrack primarily on this land and others that become available. We pay for Third party Liability Insurance and trail tools to make our trails buff. Our goal is a summer student trail care crew, but for now all maintenance is volunteer. We have a great working relationship with the County and the understanding is that if we want it we need to pay for the building and upkeep. We finished out last year with around 250 adults @ $40 and 120 kids for free. We hope to continue growing our membership and there for our trails.

    We have around 60 kms of marked and mapped singletrack. 2013 we built 8 kms new. 2014 we built 15 kms new. 2015 we have plans for 20 kms new. All hand built and maintained by SCMBC volunteers. All your membership money will go into this trail system. Everyone including the board pays $40 each year and no club member gets paid anything. Our goal is more beautiful singletrack and we will continue to deliver. If you want to help build a riding paradise within an easy drive from your house we would love to have your support.

    We are not a rail trail type advocate group. Our focus is building MTB style singletrack.
    We are not Government Funded and not waiting for free money. We build MTB trail now, today, as much as our membership support allows.

    http://www.scmbc.ca/register.html

    #803027

    Tom Shaw
    Participant

    I’d be down for a group ride.

    And a $40 membership is nothing if being used for trails. I still didn’t like the strictness of how they put a fee in place – if you recall that thread, a lot of people were put off by the tone around fees – but it seems the funds are going directly to trails so that’s good news.

    The No Trespassing Sign that we took a lot of hit and runs from the MTB community for was in our early days when most of the board had no idea how Facebook worked. The sign was for a private property connector that we were working on renting. The land owner was very clear that he did not want unrestricted access to his land. He was considering letting a local group of people with names and address use his land, but he did not want his land wide open to the world. The board wanted the membership only to view our draft sign copy and comment on it. A copy of the sign went on both our members only page who understood the situation, but unfortunately it was also posted on the open to the world page where people jumped in with a harsh opinion on something they knew nothing about. It was never intended to be open to public discussion, but unfortunately it was. People were put off alright but most never really understood the fact that the sign was for Private Property, even though it was clearly stated on the sign.

    We are trying hard to build singletrack without public funds and people should not be put off by that.
    SCMBC is a good news story and we hope more people will join in.

    #803032

    Whynot
    Participant

    Thanks for the response and clarity, @tom_shaw!

    I think the put-off was the notion of a closed, members-only set of trails. I, and many others, felt the club would see more success and support if the trails were made open to all riders while asking for voluntary donations.

    Best of luck, sounds like some great progress so far and even more to come!

    #810264

    Tom Shaw
    Participant

    Looking forward to seeing these signs out on the singletrack.

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    #810752

    Tom Shaw
    Participant

    Signs are up. New trail head open.


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    #810758

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Looking forward to getting in there soon. Maybe this weekend if the stars align. Want to do a bog ol’ loop.

    #810792

    Tom Shaw
    Participant

    Might be able to meet you there Marc.
    Let me know a time and I will try.

    #810793

    Tom Shaw
    Participant

    Trilliums are still out.

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    #810875

    Tom Shaw
    Participant

    Some private property connectors used on this 50 kms plus and 1000 meters plus climbing singletrack loop ride. SCMBC has the goal of creating a vast network of connecting MTB trails. We are achieving it and will continue doing so with the support of individuals $40.


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    Tom Shaw
    Participant

    Bridge building this weekend.
    Around 80 feet long.


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    fietser
    Participant

    Some nice looking cedar there @tom_shaw! Is that sourced on site or do you have to skid it in?

    We use the same method at our hunt camp for building bridges which is why I ask. Cut a bunch this winter and skid it into place for building this Spring.

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