I am on the board of directors for our local mountain biking club, the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA). TAMBA is, for all intensive purposes, still in it’s infancy. Once upon a time, it was a thriving non-profit and out of lost interest and lost time, the group fell apart. It was revitalized last year and although we set lofty goals, we accomplished many of them.
TAMBA is dedicated to the stewardship of sustainable, multiple-use trails and to preserving access for mountain bikers through advocacy, education and promotion of responsible trail use. One of our first goals for 2011 was to be actively involved in current planning processes for a community bike park and plans are in motion! By working with another local non-profit, SLT BMX, we are hoping to relocate South Lake Tahoe’s current BMX park to the more centralized Bijou Park, home to Tahoe’s skate and disc golf parks. The BMX track will be expanded and surrounded by a pump track, flow track, and eventually kids and adult mountain bike skills parks. We are currently still in the designing and permitting process but in great need of support and money to help fund the project.
Our nearby community of Truckee, CA managed to build a very similar park very quickly and they have certainly inspired us. From start to finish, the Truckee Pump Track was created from concept to final project in just one year. I represented my store and TAMBA at the grand opening, which was conveniently held on the same day and in the same park as the Girls on the Run 5k.
After seeing how many children and families were out enjoying the park together on opening day, it is even more clear to me why this project needs to be funded and built quickly. It was kids on bikes chaos and I loved it! There were hundreds of people of all ages there enjoying the new park. I was astounded.
These are a few of my favorite photos from the afternoon and you can see the whole set here. I am so inspired by all these kids on bikes! I love bikes and I love to see other people enjoy them as well. Especially kids. Because, really, what better is there than the freedom of your own volition on two wheels?