STORM Installs Trail Signs at McAllister Park with REI Grant

Please take time to read the Rivard Report article about the trail signs being installed by South Texas Off Road Mountain-Bikers (STORM) made possible by a generous $10,000 grant from REI through the San Antonio Parks Foundation.  Friends of McAllister Park had the vision for trail signs.  STORM is celebrating it’s 25th year of mountain bike and trail advocacy and this project epitomizes the work STORM does for the community.

Signs Going in At McAllister Park Trails, Thanks To REI Grant

Unauthorized Trails

Unauthorized (i.e., rogue, bandit, illegal, etc.) trails and trail “maintenance” have become an increasing issue in the city parks and greenways. There’s a simple rule that everyone should be able to follow: If it’s not your property, don’t do any trail work, building, re-routing, etc. without authorization from the land owner/manager. In the case of city parks and greenways, the land manager is San Antonio Parks and Recreation (SAPAR). STORM currently has an agreement in place with SAPAR to perform trail development and maintenance. If you feel something needs to be done on any of the trails in the city parks or greenways, please contact SAPAR or STORM. There has been some serious damage occurring on the trails by people who are not obtaining the proper authorization and obviously do not understand the repercussions of their actions. While not all of these occurrences are at the hands of mountain bikers, these actions are threatening the relationship between SAPAR and the mountain biking community and potentially threatening trail access for the mountain biking community as a whole.  For more information, please read this summary of the IMBA World Summit 2010 Resources – Dealing With Unauthorized Trails