Monterey, California: The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers are meeting and working with mountain/road bikers at the Subaru Sea Otter Classic this weekend. Our title partner Subaru supports this event and has a sizeable presence at the festival. The other Partners that help support Leave No trace that are in attendance at the SSOC are Yakima, Big Agnes, Honey Stinger, Osprey, Experticity, and Clifbar. We appreciate the support we receive from all of these partners and are fortunate to have the support they provide.
Bikers from all over the country have come to compete in mountain bike/road races, view the latest bikes and gear from various brand names, and have a good time riding the trails and roads together at the Subaru Sea Otter Classic. A biking trade show is an excellent opportunity for Leave No Trace to expand partnerships and gain more impressions among the biking community. According to the Outdoor Industry Foundation, mountain biking is very popular in the US with close to 40 million annual participants. Mountain biking peaked in 2001, but has remained consistently popular in the United States. Reaching bikers that share the trails with hikers, horseback riders, and OHV/ATV riders is important to promoting the Leave No Trace.
Bikers can have various impacts on the parks and forests. Bikers should remain vigilant in minimizing their impact to reduce increasing trail damage, prevent interrupting sensitive wildlife, keep the trails safe, and keep access to the trails open. Using Leave No Trace on the trails can help minimize impacts and make the trails a better place to ride.
During your next ride plan on practicing some simple Leave No Trace techniques.
1. Be prepared with a helmet, proper clothing, bike repair products, a first aid kit and food/water.
2. Avoid riding during significantly muddy conditions and if you do encounter a puddle, ride right through the puddle rather then around it, so you don’t increase the size of the puddle. Avoid skidding your tires, which can erode the trails.
3. Pack out all wrappers, litter and leftover food. Use the bathroom 200 feet away from water and dig a 6-8 inch cathole. Urinate away from the trails and water sources.
4. Avoid spreading invasive species (seeds) on your bike or in your clothing from one are to another. Building unauthorized berms, bridges, and ladders is not recommended.
5. Stick to the trails to avid startling wildlife. Avoid wildlife during sensitive times of the year such as: mating, nesting, winter, dusk, and dawn.
6. Yield to hikers and equestrians (move to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock). Yield to climbing cyclists. Do not race on recreational trails.
Thanks for reading and remember to be like the Center’s mascot Bigfoot and Leave No Trace.
Pat and TJ
Leave No Trace’s Patrick and Theresa Beezley are part of the 2015 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, Deuter, Hi-Cone, REI, Smartwool, The North Face, and Yakima.