Advocacy

CAMBC works to keep your favorite local and regional trails open and to develop new trail riding opportunities on behalf of all members and the local mountain bike community.



CAMBC Quarterly Update – May 2019 – Addendum and a Clarification

We’ve got so much going on that I missed some important updates that CAMBC is doing to grow and contribute to the community. May Membership drive: Paid members are up from 180 to 220.  Thank you, loyal members! Kudos to Eric Magrum for leading this drive.  We have many more bikers on this mailing list.  Please consider joining CAMBC as a member.    BTW: you can go to IMBA.com and create a personal login so you can view/manage your membership yourselves.  No need to ask the board if their dues are paid up. CAMBC teaching mountain biking through City Parks … Continue reading

CAMBC Quarterly Update – May 2019

  Project Updates Pump Track CAMBC is offering to fund the design, materials, and construction of a small pump track in the city to promote biking and provide a place for kids and adults to work on bike skills and help with the maintenance of it in partnership with the City’s Parks and Rec team.  We intended this to be our major 2019 effort, and we had planned to do fundraising for the track, and solicit membership support for the build and maintenance of it. We expected to work with City Parks and Rec to get formal permission on a … Continue reading

CAMBC Update – February 2019

Mountain Bikers, an update on CAMBC, the ongoing projects we are working on, some background on various advocacy issues and a schedule of trailwork and social events for the next 2-3 months. I inherited the role as President in January 2019, taking over for Sean Tevendale.  Thank you Sean (and our past Presidents) for your leadership of and commitment to CAMBC, promoting trails advocacy and growing our mountain biking community in Charlottesville. Let me know if you have any questions or need any clarification. John Lewis and the CAMBC Board CAMBC Update February, 2019 Mission A reminder of our Club’s … Continue reading

Albemarle County 2020 Budget – need your help to voice support for trails

Albemarle County 2020 Budget – need your help to voice support for trails Trail advocates, this is a long email, but CAMBC needs your help if you are a County resident to make sure our community is heard voicing our support for funding trails and greenways in Albemarle County. Please take 5 minutes to read this, and another 10 to send in a message, or even better, come to the public hearing and make a statement today. Today, Tuesday, February 19th at 6pm, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will have a public hearing on the County’s FY20 Budget recommended … Continue reading

Ragged Mountain Natural Area and our Trail Partnerships

Since 2003, the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club has proudly partnered with government agencies and non-profit organizations in an effort to promote sustainable trails, and educate our community about trail stewardship. We have also been fortunate to partner with many community organizations to promote shared trail use, safety education, healthy lifestyles, and alternatives to motor vehicle transportation. Our partners include the City of Charlottesville (City), Albemarle (County) and Fluvanna Counties, the US Forest Service, the University of Virginia, and the Rivanna Trails Foundation. We will never back away from these partnerships, or our shared missions.  Despite these solid partnerships, we … Continue reading

Safe Routes to School Bike Repair Party at Champion

You might know that the City of Charlottesville has a new Safe Routes to School program, coordinated by our own Kyle Rodland. The city actually owns about 50-60 bikes that Kyle intends to repair and utilize for bike riding safety programming at local schools.  How cool is that? Here’s where we come in.  Those bikes need repair.  So, we’re planning a huge party at Champion Brewery on February 24 to fix those bikes and have a beer to celebrate. Mark your calendar and come contribute to a great program that gets more kids out of cars and onto bicycles!!!  Here … Continue reading

Joint Letter in Support of Shared Use at Ragged Mountain

CAMBC, Rivanna Trails Foundation, and Charlottesville Area Trailrunners have delivered a letter to Mr. Brian Daly of the City of Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Department to endorse a shared use plan for Ragged Mountain access. “Option E” is one of several plans on the table for future of Ragged Mountain. This is the only viable plan that allows shared trail access within the park. For more information about the options that will be presented to City Council, please visit: http://www.charlottesville.org/departments-and-services/departments-h-z/parks-recreation-/parks-trails/city-parks/ragged-mountain

Ragged Mountain Master Planning Meeting: Part 1

On Monday, March 1, the first of 3 public meetings was held in regard to the master plan for and allowable uses at Ragged Mountain at the Trinity Church on Fontaine Ave. Extended in Charlottesville. The first meeting was informational, with City Parks and Recreation and RWSA giving a presentation that recapped the history of the Ragged Mountain Reservoir area since the late 1800’s and up to the present.  Approximately 40 people were in attendance, including a member of City Council.  Besides providing history and facts about the land and water at Ragged Mountain, the presentation also made it clear that the … Continue reading

IMBA Trail Care Crew Visits Charlottesville

Trails are one of the earliest and clearest markers of society, CAMBC president David Stackhouse reminds us. To move about efficiently, early humans created trails. Trails provide protection to our surrounding natural resources by concentrating travel patterns as we explore our world. And above all, trails unite communities. Dave shared this message of unity to kick off a trail building workshop led by the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s Trail Care Crew. The attendees included mountain bikers, hikers, and trail runners from various areas of Virginia. Our IMBA Trail Care Crew leaders, Lani and Jordan reinforced this message as they discussed the … Continue reading

CITY COUNCIL DECISION ON SHARED USE FOR RAGGED MOUNTAIN, OCT 19

Fellow bikers,So many great biking activities going on right now with this beautiful autumn weather.  I hope that you will take the time to support the new City Parks and Rec “shared use” ordinance to allow a shared use trail system at Ragged Mt.   What can you do to support the Parks and Rec “shared use” ordinance?Please share and help spread the biking goodness. Vote for shared use:  http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/22233-poll-should-the-trails-at-the-ragged-mountain-be-o/ Contact your City Council to voice your support for the share use ordinance.  The Councilors really pay attention to these emails *Send a single email to all the City Councilors:  council@charlottesville.org*Send … Continue reading