IMBA Dig In – Olmos Basin Park Trail System Signage Project

Help STORM raise $6,000 to complete a trail signage project in Olmos Basin Park! Each IMBA Dig In project that raises $2,000 is eligible for $2,000 in matching funds from Shimano. So, the more money raised means more money can be allocated toward the project. Make a difference today by contributing to a Dig In project!

The Olmos Basin Park trail system consists of ~8 miles of trails used by mountain bikers, hikers, and runners in an 1,100-acre park in the San Antonio urban core. Currently, there is no wayfinding or educational signage in the park, and STORM would like to add signage to provide a more enjoyable experience for all trail users.

Despite being well-used by many people, the Olmos Basin Park trail system has potential to attract more trail users. The lack of signage is cited as one of the main reasons more people do not use the trail system, which is often described as a spider web of intersecting trails that makes it easy for trail users to get lost. Funds for this project will go towards mapping, improving the trails, and installing wayfinding and educational signage at trailheads and along the trails and intersections.

The Olmos Basin Park trails are also used by local NICA middle-school and high-school mountain bike teams for practice. In addition, many trail users are neighborhood residents who hike, run, and bike the trails. STORM hope that by improving the trails and installing signage, the number of local residents who use the trails, observe and report problems on the trails, and volunteer to help keep the trails in good condition will increase. Improving the trail system with signage and making the trails more attractive to trail users of all skill levels will promote outdoor recreation and help improve the health of the community.

Respect the Landscape – Do Not Ride Muddy Trails

“Respect your local trail builders and be a good steward of the physical environment. Keep singletrack single by staying on the trail. Practice Leave No Trace principles. Do not ride muddy trails because it causes rutting, widening and maintenance headaches. Ride through standing water, not around it. Ride (or walk) technical features, not around them.” https://www.imba.com/ride/imba-rules-of-the-trail

IMBA Responsible Riding and Rules of the Trails

So many great articles have been written about why it is important to “Respect the landscape”.  In some places like the Pacific Northwest or the UK you can ride the trail just after a rain because the soil types drain fast and when ridden in wet conditions does not stick to the tires and create ruts. You have heard this term many times and may not be familiar with why “ruts” are so damaging. To understand this, we need to become familiar with the soil types that make up our local trails in Bexar county. The Bexar County region is made up of three soil types: Edwards Plateau in Northern Bexar County, Blackland Prairie in Central Bexar County, and Post Oak/Claypan in the Southern region of Bexar County.

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New O.P. Schnabel Park Expansion Bike Park Complex

South Texas Off Road Mountain-Bikers (STORM) supports efforts to allocate a portion of District 7 Parks 2022 Bond funds for a 20-acre bike park complex in the O.P. Schnabel Park Expansion. Fill out this survey to let City Council know that the MTB community wants funding for this bike park complex!

Call 210-207-0870 or Email District7@SanAntonio.gov
and let them know that we want and fully support a destination bike park complex built on the 20 acres set aside for this project.

We, the mountain biking community, are excited and grateful for the opportunity to have a 20-acre bike park complex added to the 2022 bond project for funding. With the pump track and beginner bike skills area being implemented into McAllister Park, and another pump track and kids zone area currently under construction at Pearsall Park, the residents in those areas are getting more and more diverse mountain biking and cycling opportunities. Mountain biking in San Antonio has grown exponentially in the last few years, especially during the pandemic. The available trails and bike amenities, like the pump track and skills course at McAllister Park, have seen a tremendous amount of use. This bike park complex to be built in the newly acquired O.P. Schnabel Park Expansion will be the first of its kind in San Antonio, both in size and scope. We constantly hear about people taking trips out of town and out of state to experience the type of bike facilities we now have the opportunity to build in San Antonio. With San Antonio at a population greater than 1.5 million people and Bexar County projected to grow from 1.9 million people in 2020 to over 3.3 million people by 2050, it’s more important than ever to invest in outdoor recreation infrastructure to help improve the health of our citizens.

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