Who Is CRAMBA?
The Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association (CRAMBA), a chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), exists as a non‐profit entity to maintain and develop mountain biking trail access, support relationships with land managers, and promote responsible mountain biking and outdoor recreation in Southeast Michigan.
What is the CRAMBA Bike Patrol?
CRAMBA Mountain Bike Patrol (CMBP) is a volunteer mountain bike organization dedicated to promoting responsible riding and trail use on our public lands, providing assistance and education to trail users, and participating in this mission by riding our bikes. Our patrollers ride designated Township, County, City, State and U.S. Forest Service trails and provide simple, helpful assistance (such as giving directions to trail users, helping with minor mountain bike repairs, and educating riders about the rules of the trail). Patrollers report patrol activity via an easy web form after completing their rides.
CMBP is a volunteer service organization affiliated with Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association that provides assistance to different land management agencies in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Genesee Counties, and State of Michigan DNR. Patrollers ride trails such as River Bends, Clinton River Park, Stony Creek, Addison Oaks, Pontiac Lake, Bald Mountain, Bloomer, Macomb Orchard Trail, Clinton River Trail, and many more. If you already ride these areas regularly, consider joining CMBP – you can chalk up your rides as “volunteer time.” If you want to ride more, CMBP provides a great way to branch out!
The mission of the CRAMBA Mountain Bike Patrol (CMBP) boils down to:
- Assist in medical and mechanical emergencies
- Educate trail users of proper etiquette
- Inform land managers, land owners and trail users of trail conditions through monitoring efforts
- Work with land managers to maintain and/or gain trail access for mountain bikers
- Offer volunteer services at outdoor races and events
What is patrolling?
When you join CMBP, you undergo CMBP training and agree to volunteer a set number of hours a year as a bike patroller. While on patrol, you ride designated trails and take time to interact with fellow trail users. You ‘patrol’ by providing simple, helpful assistance:
- handing out maps
- helping with minor bicycle repairs
- providing first aid assistance (with proper training)
- educating fellow riders on the Rules of the Trail
- Bike patrolling is only about educating and helping others. Enforcement is left to the professionals – the rangers/police who manage our public lands. Patrolling is all about spreading the mountain bike love.