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:

  1. STORM advocates for trail access with public and private property owners.
  2. STORM and its volunteers maintain existing trails and build new trails that are open for everyone to use.
  3. STORM leverages its funds to obtain grants and other funding that help expand the area’s network of trails.
  4. 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.
  5. 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:

  1. Click HERE to join STORM.
  2. Click HERE to donate to STORM.
  3. Click HERE to add STORM as your nonprofit beneficiary on your Amazon purchases.
  4. Share this post with the friends you ride with — mountain biking is always more fun with friends, and joining STORM is, too.
  5. Interested in doing more with STORM? Join us! Click HERE to send us a note and let us know how’d you like to help!

Remember, STORM exists to make mountain biking more accessible to everyone, but we need your help to continue. Join now, and we’ll see you out on the trails!

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