It is with great pleasure and confidence that I write this announcement to all SFUR members and the San Francisco community at large.
As of March 30, 2021 I have stepped away from a leadership role with SF Urban Riders and leaving it in the capable hands of the newly elected leadership team. The team moving forward consists of longtime leadership team members Matthew Blain, Nick Bear, Robert Peters, and Sasha Magee, as well as new members Eric Strempke and Dale Low, who will bring new energy and perspective.
My commitment to SFUR and its mission to create more off road bicycle opportunities in San Francisco started in 2008 as a founding member that believed in the simple concept of delivering off road cycling advocates and trail volunteers to projects on Mount Sutro and McLaren Park. It would not have been possible without a passionate team of co-founders and leadership team members stepping up at the right time with the right effort. Looking back over the past 12 years since the journey began, SFUR has played a significant role in creating urban trail opportunities for cyclists including the ongoing support of the aforementioned Mount Sutro trail system, initiating the McLaren Bike Park project, and ultimately establishing a relationship with city agencies to take lead on the Laguna Honda Community Trail System. In the early days SFUR even produced some ground breaking events like Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (2010-2013), and the McLaren Short Track Challenge (2013-2014) which clearly highlighted the community support and need for off road cycling and opened doors to which has led to where we are today.
I am going out on a high note having been a part of the Laguna Honda trail design team and having the honor to lead the volunteer efforts to unlock the potential of such an incredible urban open space. I leave with the first three phases of this project in place but knowing that is just the beginning. Many great ideas keep percolating forward to enhance the open space and user experience which will be prioritized and pursued by the SFUR leadership team. I look forward to visiting and following the effort forward.
Right now Laguna Honda is ‘the bomb’ and deservedly so, but what does the future hold? SFUR has recently pushed a pilot trail program in Golden Gate Park, and are also involved in the Open the Watershed discussion for trails in the Pilarcitos Watershed so there’s still much opportunity at hand. It is my hope that the best is yet to come!
The Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center has let us know that the trails at Laguna Honda are again open to the public!
You can now visit, and see the work that SF Urban Riders have put in with support from the hospital, the SF Community Challenge Grant Program, and hundreds of volunteer hours. Stay tuned for updates on our volunteer program.
The Hospital itself remains closed to the general public, so please stay away from the buildings and other facilities used by residents and staff. This includes the farm area and lobby.
We would like to congratulate the facility for their hard work this past challenging year, and thank them for welcoming us to restore the trails and habitat.
Please enjoy the trail system, and as always recreate responsibly when doing so!
Even during the pandemic, we’ve been busy (safely!) cleaning up trash, maintaining existing trails and building new ones. Some of our bigger projects included building a brand new trail (the Lost trail) which starts and ends near the junction of the Victory and Sherwood Road trails, planting native plants in many different locations and rebuilding the top of the Steep Ravine trail. Click here for information on joining our rewarding work days!
The Department of Public Health, who manages the Laguna Honda Hospital, has closed the Laguna Honda Community Trail System due to the coronavirus pandemic. They need to protect the staff and residents of the hospital. They have asked SFUR to help them spread the word of the closure.
Laguna Honda has been a great partner. We agree that these measures, unfortunately, are necessary for the health of the hospital’s staff and residents, and want to encourage the cycling community to respect the trail closures.
Our organization has recently been awarded Community Challenge Grant funding for Phase 3, which is ready to go once this health situation clears. Cyclists not abiding by this trail closure request will jeopardize further trail development and all future mountain bike access. The trails are closed to all users but cyclists have more to lose and our community knows that. Thank you for your understanding.
We strongly urge you to be responsible and respect the posted trail closures. The Laguna Honda facility provides services for people in the high-risk category. It is our obligation as stewards of the project and members of the community to do what is in the best interests of the hospital community.
This restriction started 3/23/2020 and could be in place for a while so your cooperation and respect is much appreciated!
We had a Please join us for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Laguna Honda Community Trail System September 28th.
The Laguna Honda Community Trail System is a 2.5 mile multi use recreational trail with convenient access across from Forest Hill Station and local neighborhoods. The trail passes though a diversity of vegetation from forest to grassland, has several great views. and connects to even bigger urban adventures like the new Crosstown Trail.
In addition to a ribbon cutting, we’ll have a family friendly party. Meet the makers, enjoy some entertainment, and more.