2015 CRAMBA Bike Patrol Year in review

The Clinton River Mountain Bike Association’s (CRAMBA) National Mountain Bike Patrol continues to grow and provide a great service for all trail users in Southeast Michigan.

The mission of the CRAMBA Bike Patrol is to Assist, Educate and Inform mountain bikers and other trail users in safe, responsible and respectful use of bike trails and parks.  This is accomplished through volunteers “patrolling” local trail systems.  The CRAMBA Bike Patrol is not an enforcement agency, yet we Assist all trail users in times of need, Educate users of proper “rules of the trail” and Inform land managers and officials of conditions and concerns of the trails.

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CRAMBA Bike Patrol has significantly grown since its inaugural year in 2013.  Over the last 3 years our numbers of patrollers increased, our working relationship with land managers and trail users are improving and many people are recognizing what the Bike Patrol provides.

In 2015 we started off strong by extending our patrol season to all year.  With the increase of fat bikes, more and more patrollers are out on the trails throughout winter as well.  CRAMBA Bike Patrol also improved by hosting two new patroller orientations and training sessions.  The training sessions included First Aid/CPR, trail etiquette, trailside maintenance, conflict resolution and Land Manager relations.

37 active CRAMBA patrollers put in a remarkable 2919.86 hours of volunteer time in 2015 from 1087 logged patrols!  They also logged more than 14,000 miles of trails patrolled.  Log reports showed trail assistance provided anything from providing maps and directions all the way to stabilizing efforts, 911 activation and patient transfer to local EMS.  All of this is provided free of charge, by volunteers.

Also, in September, the National Director of the IMBA-National Mountain Bike Patrol in Boulder, Colorado flew out to meet with CRAMBA Patrollers and film a promotional video for the Bike Patrol.   Several CRAMBA patrollers participated in the video that helps explain what the Bike Patrol is and what we provide.  The video can be seen on YouTube at https://youtu.be/negBTR1m4wc .  This was a great honor for our group to be featured and highlighted on the national level.
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The group is planning for training in the spring of 2016 to add to our wonderful group of volunteers. For information about requirements and basic program overview, please go to CRAMBA-IMBA’s Mountain Bike Patrol page. If you are interested in joining or have any questions, please send an email to bikepatrol@cramba.org. This is a great opportunity for you if like to ride and like to help others.

 

Total hours Total miles (est.) Total impressions (est.)
2919.86 14306.23 43069.5
Impressions are defined as individuals who were seen observing the presence of a Bike Patroller
CRAMBA Trail hours miles impressions
Addison Oaks 350.75 1344.26 5138
Bald Mountain 138.25 611.8 907
Bloomer 136.5 577.3 907
Clinton River Park Trails 220.75 1533.17 3812
Clinton River Trail (rail-trail) 27 266 272
Holdridge State 34.5 121 153
Macomb Orchard Trail 35.1 343.7 344
Metro Parkway Trail 35 99.2 152
Orion oaks 10 69 33
Paint Creek Trail 80.35 650 1604
Polly Ann Trail 15 110 140
Pontiac Lake State Rec 57 264 292
River Bends 568.25 2736.88 5415.5
Ruby Trails 12 54 74
Seven lakes 1 7.5 3
Stony Creek Metropark 644.05 3346.52 14992
Other Trails hours miles impressions
54 other trails 554.36 2171.9 8831

Thank you,
Jeremy Verbeke
CRAMBA Bike Patrol Director

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