Action update on the McLaren Park Trails Plan:
The plan is going before the Rec Park Commission this Thursday.
Show up at City Hall at 10AM on Thursday to help the Mountain Biking needs!
If you can't show up, you can write an email by noon Weds 11/15!
What is the plan? It is a 'capital' plan, which is to say it's a list of projects to spend money on. A good part of that is improving the trails, improving the signage on trails, and also as part of that designating trails for official bike (shared) use.
These are all great things! However, there is an important issue which we must push back against: the plan is to make all the bike 'multi-use' trails 5' wide. This is much wider than the 3'-4' commonly used in urban hike/mountain bike trails, including other trails in San Francisco.
In addition, there are concerns about particular trail designations or closures, but we have been promised that these can be addressed in the future.
How can you help?
Show up and talk at City Hall room 416 Thursday, 10:00AM to talk about your needs at the Rec Park Commission.
Write a letter by Noon Wednesday which says what you think! Here is some suggested text (fill in the _blanks_!)
Send this to recpark.Commission@sfgov.org by noon on November 15th; you can also CC or BCC firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am _, and I live _. I am a supporter of SF Urban Riders. I am writing to urge the commission to ensure the Trails and Paths part of the McLaren Vision plan addresses the needs of the community before approving it.
I love the trails in McLaren Park because _.
The plan will help the trails and recognize the needs and contributions of the mountain bike community over the years. It is the result of much deliberation.
The plan recognizes the needs of off road cycling, which I support, along with much of the Trails and Paths plan.
However, the community, both mountain bikers and hikers, has requested narrow trails be kept as a feature in McLaren Park. The plan proposes significantly widening trails to 5', well beyond the practices used in other urban parks system multi-use trails. This aspect of the plan must be fixed before approval.
Make your voice heard! When we know more we will post with the latest details, or see http://sfurbanriders.org/trail-maps/mclaren-park-trails/