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Galbraith Mountain Access/Parking Update

Hi there bikers, runners and hikers!

Spring has sprung and it’s starting to get really busy again on Galbraith again.  As such, we’d like to update you on the parking situations for both sides of the mountain so we can continue to be courteous to our fellow neighbors.

SAMISH WAY PARKING

  • Blind Spots! Yikes!- Reminder that the north side of Samish Way is officially a No Parking zone, so the neighbors can safely exit onto Samish Way and so riders have a shoulder to safely get to/from the parking lot.  Also, parking your car too close to the edge of the Samish Parking Lot completely blocks the view for people trying to exit from the lot.

GALBRAITH LANE

  • Four Legged Friends– Keep them on a leash until you reach the gate or as you exit the mountain and, as always, pick up their poop
  • Watch your speed and your voices.  Keep your language PG.
  • Bathrooms– Closest bathrooms are at Lake Padden
  • Parking– Avoid parking along Galbraith Lane.

THE DOLLAR LOT

  • No Drop Off/Pick Up Activity due to its size.  This creates congestion and traffic.
  • Parking Allowed for: paying users, Mr. Lost Bike Shop customers and March Northwest clinics.
  • Toilet- for paying users, Mr. Lost Bike Shop customers and March Northwest Clinics.
  • Dollar Lot Rules

o   Keep driveway clear

o   Pick up after your dog

o   Please control your kids and dogs. (Children should be attended)

o   Pack it in/ pack it out

o   No bicycle skidding

o   Park in marked areas only

o   Drive slowly

o   Have fun, be safe

 

NORTHSIDE ACCESS/BIRCH ST

  • Four Legged Friends– Keep them on a leash and pick up their poop
  • Watch your speed and your voices.  Keep your language PG.
  • Bathrooms– Closest bathrooms are at Whatcom Falls Park
  • Parking– ample parking at Whatcom Falls Park.  Avoid parking on the narrow road at the end of Back Door (Birch Falls Way).  There are large construction trucks that need to get through that street.

Joyrider Kick Off

Everyone was buzzing with excitement at the Joyrider Season Kick Off event. There were lots of awesome women and and loads of stoke. Looking forward to some fun after work rides with this crew. Here’s the link to the ride schedule : https://wmbcmtb.org/joyriders/

WMBC JoyRiders 2017 Season Kickoff and Fundraiser


On Saturday, April 22nd, the WMBC Joyriders will be hosting their kick off party and fundraiser! After party will be at Kulshan Brewery on James St.!

Meet at the intersection of Rd 1000 and Rd 1100 near Last Call starting at 9:30am. Rides start at 10am and go until 12:30. Please carpool- park at Padden, pedal in, or be early to snag a good parking spot. Post ride beers and raffle at Kulshan on James St. Kulshan will donate $1. per pint to WMBC!

Facebook Event Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1256597657720624/

Trail and Event Update

A few quick updates for you all.

 

Recreation NW Expo:

Swing by and say hi to us at the Recreation Northwest Expo Saturday at the Fairhaven Ferry Terminal.  We’ll be there along with many other recreation groups from 1-6 PM and we’ll talking mountain biking and trails (of course).  If anyone is interested in volunteering and helping me out a bit tomorrow, I’ll gladly reward you with some schwag and beer…..just shoot me an email!

https://www.recreationnorthwest.org/events/recreation-northwest-expo/expo/

 

Freehub Trail day:

Bill Hawk and Brandon Watts will be leading crews on Evolution and PT à Eagle Scout tomorrow.  Meeting at the Samish Way lot at 9 AMif you’d like to help get those dialed for spring.  If you’re planning to ride tomorrow, please avoid those trails….thanks!  More details here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/274133373007683/

 

Upcoming Logging:

I’ll be meeting with Janicki’s crew on Monday, but they are planning to begin logging West of the Pipeline Road in the Kaya, Bunny and Art’s area next Thursday.  We’ll get in there early in the week to flag the heck out of the trails, so their machine operators can limit trail damage, but those trails will be closed until further notice beginning early in the week.

 

Also, there will be a LOT of truck traffic on the Pipeline Road while harvest activity is taking place.  As such, we’ll ask folks to try to ride from the north side or begin your rides after mid-afternoon when their crews are off the hill.  If you encounter logging trucks during a ride, we’d ask you to please pull over and let them pass through since we only have one entrance/exit on that side of the hill now.

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Have a great weekend everyone.

 

Cheers,

 

Eric Brown

Trail Director, Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition

High School Mountain Bike Team

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Queens of Dirt Trail Day on 12/18/16 Cancelled

The Queens of Dirt Build Day on 12/18/16 has been canceled and postponed for next year. Enjoy the snow and ice!

Ladies Night at the Burlington BMX Track on 12/8/16

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Free ladies night at the new indoor BMX race track on December 8th from 6pm to 9pm.

Location is at Northwest Indoor BMX Racing on 1970 Walton Dr. Burlington, WA 98233

Donations to benefit WMBC JoyRiders and youth programs.

If you want to carpool meet at Fanatik @5:30pm.

More info on this event page: Burlington BMX Ladies Night

 

Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center Award

Just wanted to throw this out in case you wanted a recap.  There are some pretty amazing people in our community and it’s definitely worth watching the other recipient videos if you want to feel even better about Bellingham.

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We Won!

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Eric Brown is receiving the Environment Award at the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center Peace Builder Awards Gala on November 18th.  The event honors people who “perform remarkable acts of putting the pieces together for creative conflict resolution in neighborhoods, schools and community.” The WMBC can proudly say that Eric has done that and we are so fortunate to have him with us and in our community.  Eric, thank you for bringing land managers and mountain bikers to the table and finding constructive solutions where all parties can benefit and thank you for giving trail users the ability to play and build in the woods and the opportunity to shape our future.

Here’s a link to more event information: http://whatcomdrc.org/peace-builder-awards-gala/

This is an article from the Bellingham Business Journal regarding the event: http://bbjtoday.com/blog/wdrc-announces-annual-peace-builder-award-recipients/34411

Whoopsie Woodle Update

Thank you Jeff Jaap and your fellow crew of dedicated volunteers for committing 5 days (and over 60 hours) to clearing the tree debris on Whoopsie!  The trail is open but there’s a lot of fresh mud on it so we ask that you give it a few days to dry before riding it.