If you’ve spent any time mountain biking in the San Antonio area, you’ve probably heard of STORM, but you may not know exactly what the organization is, what it does, or why you should join.
In short, STORM is your best advocate for expanding mountain biking access and opportunity in our region.
We’re in the midst of our spring membership drive, and we hope you’ll join. While becoming a STORM member at various levels may land you some sweet schwag, a membership is about so much more.
Here are five reasons why you should join:
STORM advocates for trail access with public and private property owners.
STORM and its volunteers maintain existing trails and build new trails that are open for everyone to use.
STORM leverages its funds to obtain grants and other funding that help expand the area’s network of trails.
STORM is your chief advocate for ensuring that the city of San Antonio’s upcoming 2022 Bond Program will include funding for mountain bike projects.
STORM is an all-volunteer organization that needs YOU as a member, partner, advocate, ally and volunteer.
There’s really never been a more important time for you to join — or renew — your STORM membership. The global pandemic sent people flooding outdoors, and our region, like others, is seeing incredibly high usage of the trail network. With more people than ever riding their mountain bikes, we must continue to expand the trails system. And we also have to continue maintaining what already exists.
Your membership dollars help the organization with those efforts. But it’s not just about the money. Counting you as a member is important so that we can show the breadth and depth of mountain biking in San Antonio to the local leaders who control the purse strings. There’s always more demand for funding than there is actual funding, and it’s important that we present a strong, unified front as we advocate for more resources to elevate your riding experiences.
So, here’s what you can do to help continue improvements for mountain biking in San Antonio:
“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
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.
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.