Trail Building and Maintenance: Trail work Days are an important element of promoting access to trails by helping to design, maintain, and build sustainable trails for all users. Trail building and improvement includes construction of bridges, cutting fresh trails, repairing damaged trails, working around endangered habitats and species all while working with public, private and military property owners. SDMBA secures and maintains a wide variety of tools from hand tools to a mini excavator, a plate compactor, a motorized wheelbarrow and water delivery systems. We organize volunteers into workable trained teams, train team ‘trail bosses’, developing robust relationships with area Liaisons and agencies, and providing a majority of work during our brief rainy season when trails are most workable.
SDMBA strives to hold Trail Crew Leader Trainings annually to increase the capacity of our volunteers. Over 25 people attended these trainings in 2019-20.
Bike Bell Program: One of the main concerns of SDMBA, is sharing the trails safely 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 this 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. While bells help, the best way to let other trails users know of your presence is to speak to them. Slow down, say hi and continue safely. This helps everyone have an enjoyable time in nature, helps prevent misunderstandings, and improves safety.
Bike Skill Park Development: SDMBA Volunteers, from 2008 to the present, have researched and prepared materials to support building family-oriented Bike Parks with skills / trials areas, jumps, and pump tracks for the city and its guests of all ages. Adding a bike park to the list of other recreational facilities in San Diego increases recreational options and will add needed recreational resources for families to congress and children and adults to develop skills for mountain biking.
Education and Youth Support: Looking toward the future, SDMBA involves youth through a variety of recreation opportunities intended to further young rider’s safety, fun, education, and responsible use of sustainable trails and habitats in their home county. SDMBA helps to preserve, maintain, and expand access to trails though our youth education program providing multiple avenues and opportunities to appreciate and understand how to interact with a wide variety of natural environments while engaging in recreational opportunities. Volunteer time equivalencies, transportation, bike purchases for maintaining safe bike stable, insurance, waivers, legal consultations, portable skills courses, safety materials, helmets, bike transport, trained /certified instructors, event advertising and PR costs, SWAG and other distributed materials, materials reimbursement all contribute to program operations.
Land Stewardship and Liaison Program: SDMBA Volunteer Liaisons provide direction, education, and hands-on building and maintenance of trails throughout San Diego County. Liaisons work with park rangers, city councils, community planning groups, citizen's advisory committess and others concerned with maintaining accessible and sustainable recreational trails for our citizenship to provide balanced access for all trail users.
Bike Tool Stations - 10 bike tool stations with high quality pumps located throughout the county to assist riders in need.