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Happy 150th Birthday Golden Gate Park! Join us for a special virtual birthday experience today! Boz Scaggs and Metallica help kick off virtual concert series! Tune in at GoldenGatePark150.com
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To celebrate biking in the park, let’s have a virtual Mountain Bike Scavenger Hunt!

SFUR is putting together a collection of photos of the trails and riding in Golden Gate Park. Would you like to contribute? Send us one or two, along with the location (which we'll keep secret.)

We'll build up to 150 photos, then the virtual hunt will be on at https://sfurbanriders.org/golden-gate-park-150th/ .Try to find them all, and we'll have categories for hardest to identify location, easiest to identify, favorite photo, and more. Another way to explore the park from home.
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Golden Gate Park commemorates its 150th birthday tomorrow with the joy of music in the outdoors. The free virtual concert series launches with music from legendary performers Boz Scaggs and @Metallica! Tune in tomorrow, 4/4 beginning at 9AM at goldengatepark150.com #GGP150.

Watch tomorrow for a way for SFUR supporters can help celebrate too!
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Do you ride in McLaren park? Send your feedback to the Rec & Park department about the latest rounds of trail proposals today!
https://forms.gle/NZC9UNnSzKhdvXDv7
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We're lucky we have trails close to home. Ride to your ride, and here are some other recommendations from CAMTB for this time.
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California Mountain Biking Coalition
Some recommendations from the California Mountain Biking Coalition for safely using open trails and parks in the time of the Covid-19 Pandemic. We know this sucks. Let’s do all that we can to get back to normal. We are committed to protecting the health of the public and mountain bikers. Here are some things you can do to keep everybody safe, to get back on the trail, and to keep the trails open: STAY HOME IF YOU’RE SICK. Period. This goes without saying, but we’re going to say it anyway - if you’re sick, or you’ve been in contact with somebody who is, you need to stay home. Work on your bike, watch videos, but stay off the trail. MAINTAIN YOUR DISTANCE. AT ALL TIMES maintain a safe, responsible social distance. Keep a minimum of 2-3 bike lengths between riders, on and off the trail. Do not ride in large groups. Do not hang out pre or post ride. Always allow ample passing room for other trail users. GO FOR A SOLO SPIN. Tell people where you’re heading, then head out for a solo ride. This helps us all maintain our distance, and still gets you on the trail. It also might help keep you sane. KEEP IT SMALL. If you must ride with other people, only ride with your housemates, family you live with, or those with whom you already have close physical contact. STICK TO OPEN PARKS. Only ride open trails, from open trailheads. With plenty of closures in the future, let’s be part of the solution rather than the problem. FIND A LESSER-USED TRAILHEAD. People are heading out in record numbers. If you’re fortunate enough to know of more remote, lesser-used trailheads, please plan your ride so that you start there. Refrain from driving to trailheads. RIDE TO YOUR RIDE. If you are able to ride to a trailhead, do so. Keep the cars off the road, out of the gas stations, and away from congested areas. Balance this with avoiding crowded or closed trailheads. SLOW IT DOWN. Ride smart, ride safe. Now is not the time to push your riding skills. The last thing you or the rest of the community wants is for a rider to wreck and end up in a hospital, adding more strain on our EMS system and taking up valuable resources. Plus, you’ll also be able to enjoy the benefits of being outdoors for a longer period of time if you slow your roll. TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS BEFORE HEADING OUT. Many public restrooms are closed - make every effort to make sure nature doesn't call while out on the trail. NO SNOT ROCKETS. We get it, and usually we accept it - but if you need to blow your nose, use a hanky. If you need to sneeze, do it into your elbow. NO SHARING. Now is not the time to share gear, food, drinks, or tools. Sorry. If you have a mechanical issue, sanitize tools and gear before sharing and again before taking it back. PROTECT YOURSELF. Bring a small “to go” packet of hand wipes, disinfectant spray, and maybe even some soap to use with your own water. Hopefully you won’t need this, but just in case you do it’s better to have it than not. GET OUT. As mountain bikers, we’re able to get away from trailheads quickly, and we’re able to get farther out than other trail users - let’s use that to our advantage. LEAVE NO TRACE. Pack out what you pack in, just like always. Garbage collection is limited. BE NICE. SAY HI. Use our sport to be a positive influence on the people around you. Remember, other trail users are likely extra stressed - don’t add to it. This is a great time to show that mountain bikers are responsible trail users, and support the broader community. It’s also an easy time to screw it up. Don’t blow it. #ridesmartridesafe #doyourpart #loveyourparks6feetapart #keepyourparksopen #6feetapart #keepparksopen #keepparkssafe #shredresponsibly Note: While the issue of closing parks and facilities related to COVID-19 is rapidly evolving, we recommend users adhere to all guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local public health officials for the most up-to-date information. Video: TOPO Collective
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The Department of Public Health who manages the Laguna Honda Hospital have asked SFUR to close the Laguna Honda Community Trail System due to the coronavirus pandemic. We do not make the rules at LH and we do not want to upset the best land manager in the city from working with SFUR on further trail improvements especially since our organization has recently been awarded city funding for Phase 3 (which is ready to go once this health situation clears!). Cyclist not abiding by this trail closure request will jeopardize all future mountain bike access and the much enjoyed bike specific trail design SFUR is leading.

This is not aimed at mountain bikers specifically, it pertains to all trail users but cyclist have more to loose and our community knows that.

Thank you for your deepest understanding, now it is time to be responsible and obey. The Laguna Honda facility provides services for people in the high-risk category for this disease and two staff workers have tested positive. Whether the trail or its recreational users had anything to do with the situation does not matter. It is our obligation as stewards of the project and members of the community to do what is in the best interest.

This restriction could be in place for a while so your cooperation and respect is much appreciated!
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The Laguna Honda Community Trail System is now closed. This is to protect the safety of the staff and residents.

Please respect this closure. Thank you.