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We want to send a huge thank you to Michael Storm who just wrapped up his final work day as the Volunteer Coordinator of the Civic Dirt Jumps last Saturday. Michael has been working on the DJ’s since not long after his arrival to town in 2008. Mike also led the major overhaul/rebuild of the jumps during 2012 and has kept them running great ever since as the leader of the park. Beyond that, of course, he has been a tremendous ambassador for the WMBC and our greater mountain biking community.
Here’s how it works:
Register your bike here: https://project529.com/garage/organizations/bellinghampolicedepartment/landing
Provide the serial #, manufacture, model, frame color and accent color
If your bike gets stolen, you use the Project 529 app to notify local authority and others app holders to keep an eye out for the bike. Your description gives the police probable cause to question and seize your bike. It will also be easier to claim your bike if it is recovered by the police.
BRING YOUR BIKE INFO TO SHOOT THE TRAILS AND WE’LL DO IT FOR YOU!!
There are also free registrations Thursdays from 4pm to 6pm at the Bellingham Police Department (BPD) on 505 Grand Ave.
Statistics from the BPD
From 10/17/16 to 10/11/17 there were 282 reported bike thefts. 205 (73%) were reported without a serial number. 74 bikes (26%) were recovered after being stolen. There were 203 bikes found abandoned and impounded by the BPD. BPD was only able to return 30 of them based on looking up the serial number and finding the owners. The rest were donated or sent to auction.
We had a great night at Wander with great food and beer, fun people and great energy! Thank you to everyone who came out and participated in the ride and the raffle! Thank you Wander Brewing for hosting us and donating to the WMBC and thank you Cyclist Menu for thinking about our local non-profit, brewery and farms and bringing us all together.
Tour poster credit: @wild_on_tap
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We are asking folks to stay off of Galbraith Tuesday (9/26). There will be aerial spraying Glyphosphate in the highlighted areas on the map and we won’t know exactly where the pilot will be at any given time. They are planning to start in the morning and hopefully will finish up everything tomorrow. If that changes, we’ll keep people posted.
Signage and flagging are up on the mountain. Thanks!
It’s been great to see folks out using and enjoying the pump track. I always see someone riding when I swing by or ride though.
A few things we’d like to emphasize as being good stewards of the pump track and Whatcom Falls Park. Remember that one huge strength of our community is our ability to self-police….so, if you see someone doing these things, gently remind them about what they’re doing is wrong and why it has a negative impact. In the end, this is a community-created resource and we’d really like to build more in other parks – which requires all of us to pitch in and help.
Basic Rules and Etiquette:
- Bikes only on the pump track! Please, no scooters, rollerblades, skateboards, RC cars, pogo sticks or any other device that doesn’t remotely look like a bike. Small wheel on things like rollerblades and other items dig into the dirt, degrade the track faster and will make maintenance a larger issue. RC cars tear the living crap out of the dirt. No exceptions here.
- Please respect folks who are playing basketball. We’ve heard from people that are really stoked about the pump track, but say they regularly have people ride right through a game or while they’re shooting hoops. This is a really simple thing to help avoid. Is someone playing basketball? Get off the court or remind a rider about it.
- When you’re riding through the park (to get to the pump track, head to Galby or even passing through the park), please ride slow and be courteous to other park users. This truly is a universal etiquette item, but with more bike traffic in Whatcom Falls park, we really want to emphasize that even more here. Take a few seconds to slow down and give a “hello” or “how ya doing?” as you pass other trail users. It’s amazing how far a little courtesy goes!
- No walking on top of the berms or sides of the pumps. This can help break down the dirt and is another maintenance item.
- If you think the track is dusty and could use some water, grab a hose and spray it down. If you have questions, ask another ride or email the wmbc at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are our official rules and etiquette signs, but the above items really cover 90% of the issues we’ve seen so far. Thanks again for all of the help and we’ll see you on the track!
The WMBC Joyriders are hosting a month-long food drive called Mountains of Food starting August 15 and ending September 14 to benefit the Bellingham Food Bank. You may drop off donations at any participating bike shops.
The participating shops are Alleycat Bike Shop, Bellingham Cycle Works, Earl’s Bike Shop, Fairhaven Bicycles, Fanatik Bike Co., The Hub Community Bike Shop, Jack’s Bicycle Center, The Kona Bike Shop, Kulshan Cycles, Lenny’s Bike Shop, Mister Lost’s Mobile Bike Shop and Transition Bikes. While we will accept all non-perishable food donations, we are looking for high protein items such as nut butters, hearty canned soups, canned tuna, protein bars, shelf stable milk and cereal. Help us collect Mountains of Food!
We had an incredible turnout of 300+ folks for the grand opening celebration of the Whatcom Falls pump track. 5 of our 7 City Council members came to show their support and hang out with an amazing group of folks. Photo credits go to Eric Mickelson.
There are too many people to thank individually, but we need to say THANK YOU to our volunteers….you are what make our little organization what it is in our community.
- Bellingham Parks and Recreation: Huge thanks to Josh, Leslie, Nicole and the Park’s Ops team who have supported this effort from the beginning.
- Bellingham City Council who voted in favor of this pump track 7-0 and their support at the opening ceremony.
- Bill Hasenjaeger and the entire Bellingham Parks Board for their support.
The pump track had a lot of business support and we need to thank the following sponsors and people:
- REI – Pat Kennedy for a grant that paid for our dirt.
- Construction by Champion – Chris Luna for all his help getting machinery and advice during construction.
- Ram Construction – Josh Erholm and Shane Kelling for their machine time and expertise.
- Gateway Controls – Jonathan Huffman for the use of their mini excavator
- Transition Bikes – Kevin and Kyle for their support of the WMBC and this project.
- Crank Brothers – Kellen Trachy, Jill Kintner and Bryn Atkinson provided the seed money that covered our wetland delineation and gave our site the thumbs up.
- Freeland and Associates – JP Slagle for his design work of our stormwater mitigation system that allowed us to get permits for this project.
- Fanatik Bike – Luke, Mark, Kathy and Kyle S. for our stormwater basins and sponsoring the grand opening celebration.
- Momentum Trail Concepts – Steve, Matt and Moga for a great design and build out.
- Donkelope Bikes – Greg Heath for our job box that will allow us to securely keep our tools on site.
- Freehub Magazine – The autograph session with Bryn and Jill was amazing.
The WMBC’s cost for this project was $47k and, while we did raise $20k via businesses, individuals and in-kind donations, we ended up pulling $26k from our general operating budget. If you’d like to support this project and future pump track projects, please consider a donation to the WMBC!