2016 CRAMBA Bike Patrol Year in review

The Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association’s (CRAMBA) National Mountain Bike Patrol has had another successful year providing great service for all trail users in Southeast Michigan.

44 active CRAMBA patrollers put in a exceptional, 2642 hours of volunteer time in 2016 from 1,133 logged patrols! They also logged more than 13,800 miles patrolling trails.  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.

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 Continue reading

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Chapter Meeting Minutes 1-10-17

CRAMBA Chapter Meeting Minutes

1-10-17

This meeting was held at the Rochester Mills Beer Company. There were about 50 people in attendance.

Steve Vigneau chaired the meeting. It was called to order at 7:05 PM.

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CRAMBA Chapter Meeting: January 10, 2017

The CRAMBA-IMBA Board would like to invite you to Rochester Mills Beer Co. on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 for our next chapter meeting. As usual the meeting will start around 7:00 PM, so if you’d like to order food or some of Rochester Mills’ tasty beverages please arrive a bit earlier to get your order in.

Kicking off the 2017 year this meeting will consist of the usual trail updates and other and details about other ‘goings on’ within the Chapter, including the results of our board elections for positions such as Chairperson, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, etc.

If you have anything you’d like added to the agenda, please send me an email at info@cramba.org no later than Monday, January 9, 2017.

!!!!!!!! Remember, $6 Growler Fills on Tuesdays !!!!!!!!

Rochester Mills Beer Co (www.beercos.com)
400 Water Street
Downtown Rochester, MI
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Hope to see you there!

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Board Minutes 12-15-16

CRAMBA Board Meeting Minutes

12-15-16

The meeting was called to order at 7:10 PM

Board members present were:

  1. Jeremy Verbeke
  2. Steve Vigneau
  3. Mike Fitzpatrick
  4. Marty Shue
  5. Nick Shue
  6. Alice Jacobs
  7. Kristen Barry

Non board members present

  1. Dean Fitzpatrick

 Recording Secretary’s Report

Minutes of the 11-16-16 board meeting were read and approved

Old Business

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Board Minutes 11-16-16

CRAMBA Board Meeting Minutes

11-16-16

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM.

Board members present were:

  1. Jeremy Verbeke
  2. Steve Vigneau
  3. Mike Fitzpatrick
  4. Chris Westerlund
  5. Marty Shue
  6. Nick Shue
  7. Alice Jacobs

Recording Secretary’s Report

Minutes of the 10-20-16 board meeting were read. Jeremy V. motioned to approve as read. 2nd  Nick S. passed unanimously.

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Mountain biking during hunting season

hunting_1Tomorrow is opening day for firearm deer season. If you ride on public or state lands that allow hunting please be careful. Below are a few tips to make your rides home safely.

Here are some safety and common sense tips:

• The best and easiest thing to do is ride where hunting is not allowed. But, if you DO ride where hunting is allowed…..
• Wear orange and/or bright colors. You can pick up a cheap orange safety vest at most outdoor shops and it’s well worth the investment. Avoid wearing camo patterns on your clothes, Camelbak, etc. Avoid any brown, tan, earth tones, and especially white. You do not want to look anything like the flash of a deer’s tail. During turkey season, avoid red and blue.

• Avoid wearing a white helmet, as it could look like the tail of a deer sprinting through the woods. If you do wear a white helmet, tie bright flagging tape or cloth to it for better visibility.
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Our Volunteers making our trails better

Your CRAMBA-IMBA volunteers had a great productive day improving the trails you ride.
 
In Clinton River Part Trails (CRPT), Sterling Heights, the crew of Aaron, Mike, Phil and Paul completed a safety rail system on an elevated bridge with the generous donations from the Rotary Club of Sterling Heights. This completes a bridging project that spanned 2 seasons and greatly improved the trail for year round use.
 
Also in River Bends Park, a large crew of Jim O, Mark S, Josh K, Rob W, Nick and Mary S, John R and Whitney R, Jeff Y, and Chris P CRAMBA was able to complete a fortification project in the newer Blue section. 12 yards of gravel with layed down with drain tile to build a sustainable section of trail in otherwise muddy area. The man hours involved with greatly minimized with the addition of the donated equipment from Jim O. and Mark S.
 
So, thank you to all our volunteers for organizing and providing the labour and equipment to make our mountain biking trails much better for all users.
 
Below are a few pictures from both projects that were completed today.
 
If you wish to volunteer or otherwise help out please join CRAMBA-IMBA at www.cramba.org/join
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CRAMBA Board Meeting Minutes 10-20-16

CRAMBA Board Meeting Minutes

10-20-16

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM.
Board members present were:

1. Tony McGee
2. Jeremy Verbeke
3. Steve Vigneau
4. Kristen Barry
5. Mike Fitzpatrick
6. Chris Westerlund
Non-board members present
1. Rodney Gullett
2. Dean Fitzpatrick (first ½ hr)
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CRAMBA Chapter Meeting 10-11-16

CRAMBA Chapter Meeting Minutes

10-11-16

Jeremy Verbeke chaired the meeting. It was called to order at 7:30 PM.

Recording Secretary’s Report

No minutes of the previous meeting were available

Old/New Business

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Chapter Meeting & Board Election – Tuesday, October 11th

Join us for our quarterly Chapter Meeting and group ride Tuesday, October 11th at River Bends Park! This meeting is open to all members and non-members.

This meeting is also our annual Board Member elections. Four of our current board members are stepping down, leaving six Board Members remaining (Board can consist of up to 12 members). Basic requirements for being on the board are attending a monthly meeting, being a current CRAMBA member, and participating in discussions via email. Your involvement outside of that is up to you.

We are looking for individuals that want to get actively involved, are passionate about mountain biking, with a focus on enhancing the biking community, promoting and maintaining mountain biking trail access, and guiding responsible mountain biking. We want you to step up and help guide the Chapter and the future of mountain biking in our area. Please consider joining the CRAMBA Board if this is you!

A second option if you want to become involved, but do not have time to sit on the Board, is joining one of our committees. We will have sign up sheets at the meeting for the following committees: Communications, Membership, and Events.

Event Details:
Where: River Bends Park, 5700 22 Mile Rd, Shelby Charter Township, MI 48317 (Hickory Grove Pavilion located in the grassy area by the main trailhead)
When: Group ride starts at 5:30pm bring your lights!
Food will start being served at 7:00pm (burgers, hot dogs, and soda will be provided, but please bring your own after ride “refreshments” if you desire)
Meeting will start at 7:30pm

Email the exisiting CRAMBA Board if you have any questions at board@cramba.org. We look forward to seeing you there!

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