Bike Bell Program

One of the main concerns of SDMBA, is sharing the trails with everyone. Having a signal for trail users to know that a mountain biker is coming goes a long way to happy sharing of trails. While first started as a way for hikers to let bears know of their presence, bear bells attached to mountain bikes make it very easy for hikers, equestrians, and other bikers to not be surprised by an oncoming mountain biker. This helps everyone have an enjoyable time in nature, helps prevent misunderstandings, and improves safety.



SDMBA’s first set of bike bells were provided through a generous grant from our friends at REI. SDMBA desires to expand the Bike Bell Program to new locations throughout the county. If you would like to help, SDMBA can always use a few extra funds to buy more bells and build distribution and collection boxes.

Bike Bell Stations in San Diego County



Existing:
Cowles Mountain: 3 boxes
Elfin Forest:1 box

Noble Canyon: 2 boxes

Planned:
La Costa
Del Mar Mesa
Black Mountain

Program Short-Term Success
Provide increased safety and awareness at individual trails as needed.

Program Long-Term Success
Increased awareness of trail users, reduction in mountain bicycling and other trail user accidents and conflicts, increased enjoyment of trails, increased safety are the primary benefits of the SDMBA Bike Bell Program. Placing distribution and collection boxes at busy trail heads provides free loans of bells that can assist all trail users (families, mountain bicyclists, hikers, naturalists) on their journeys.

Program Success Monitored By
Bells often removed from distribution and collection boxes reflecting popularity of these items. Replacement is an ongoing need.

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