Presentation on theme: "1 Wildwood Canyon State Park a unique cluster of canyons with multi-use trails and incredible views Wildwood Canyon State Park a unique cluster of canyons."— Presentation transcript:
1 Wildwood Canyon State Park a unique cluster of canyons with multi-use trails and incredible views Wildwood Canyon State Park a unique cluster of canyons with multi-use trails and incredible views Click mouse to advance slides
2 Set aside in 2003 as a State Park Dedicated to recreational use “ A great place to visit, go hiking, bicycling or ride your horse ”……… Supporters of Wildwood Canyon State Park
3 Recreational users have shared the trails in harmony and courtesy for decades Trail etiquette was observed Speeds were recreational All trail users could enjoy a safe and peaceful visit Since it has been state park, all users have been respectful of each other
4 Wildlife was comfortable and at ease… Sharing their home with passive multi-use recreational visitors
5 All that changed in late 2011 Recreational bicycling speed became competitive racing speed on “ sweet, swoopy, downhill single track ” …………. …………. SoCalDirt.org March, 2012 Newsletter
6 Early in 2012 State Parks granted SoCal Cycling a permit to host a 2 day race on behalf of high school mountain bike teams from all over southern California.
7 Changing Wildwood Canyon The host team was from Yucaipa High School. This race was called the Hog Canyon Classic and was held on March 10 & 11, 2012. Practice runs on their new illegally built “ race track ” began in earnest.
8 The 2 day race Impacted Wildwood for 4 months –Trail alteration began in Dec, 2011 –Permit not approved till Jan 13, 2012 –“ Training ” and “ trail grooming ” occurred from December to March
9 Since December, 2011 The “ racetrack ” has attracted student and adult racers, not all have been courteous. Downhill speeds approaching 25mph have left all other users uncertain of their safety.
10 The 4.5 mile race course has impacted all of Wildwood Canyon State Park It uses all the scenic areas and the most fragile trails. Wildlife is shy Other users are fearful Neighbors are besieged Red= race course Black= other trails
14 According to sponsor SoCal Cycling 287 high school athletes and their families, friends, and coaches attended the race on March 10 & 11, 2012 To their credit, the race organizers and an estimated 700 people left the staging area free of trash
16 Wildwood Canyon Park was unsafe for others on race weekend A neighbor wrote ….. ” There were hundreds of mountain bikers with their families and guests. It was a loud, noisy and crowded event with cheering and bullhorns all weekend. A deer was spooked into our yard and across the street by the noise. “…………….. ” We don't know where to turn to ask for help to preserve the beauty and serenity of this park. We hope you can help. “
17 The track is still in place one week later More bicyclists hear about it daily on YouTube and Facebook and will continue to come and use it as a track, with little concern about other users in their path. Want to see videos of the speed achieved on Wildwood ’ s downhill single track trails? Go to YouTube and search “ Wildwood Canyon State Park Yucaipa ”
18 According to the permit Trail modifications were to be repaired at the completion of the race. Live Oak roots were exposed and erosion bars were flattened in the building of the race track.
19 Sadly, this is happening all over California Multi use trails very quickly become exclusive use trails for mountain bikes as all other trail users and animal life are driven off the trails. Trail hikers and riders should be able to enjoy a peaceful stroll without being knocked flat by speeding bikes.
20 Mountain bike mentality More often than not, mountain biking is an aggressive, hard-driving sport in which participants challenge themselves and others to take on nature. Those riders and the sport itself drive technology for increasingly sophisticated gear, with heavy duty shocks, wheels, and tires to facilitate speed over difficult terrain.
21 Mountain bike facts Riders wear protective gear, designed with the riders’ needs and safety in mind. There is no protection for people, horses, or wildlife in their path. Increased speed and ability to be aggressive on trails has a huge impact on all other trail users and the Park’s limited resources.
22 Different perspective It is vital that decision makers understand that mountain biking, in this case, brings an entirely different state of mind than that of most visitors to Wildwood. The majority of visitors come for the tranquil setting, away from the stress, intensity, and pressures of city life.
23 Send letters and emails, start petitions Letters to the editors of the Sun, Press Enterprise, and News Mirror Express your concerns in a petition and send to State Parks, 17801 Lake Perris Dr., Perris, CA 92571 Email all of the following with your thoughts on racing use and imbedding a racetrack in a state park. Dir. of State Parks, Ruth Coleman, firstname.lastname@example.org@parks.ca.gov Dir. Southern Division, Roni Clark, email@example.com@parks.ca.gov District Superintendent, Ron Krueper, firstname.lastname@example.org@parks.ca.gov Park Superintendent, John Rowe, email@example.com@parks.ca.gov Dir. SoCal Cycling, Matt Gunnell, firstname.lastname@example.org@socaldirt.org
24 Can this continue to happen? Of course it can if you remain silent. Let ’ s not wait till someone is injured or killed on the trails that so many fought for years to preserve. SoCal Cycling hopes to make this an annual event.