Photo credit: American River Parkway Bike Patrol
The patrol’s 55 volunteer members were trained by the NSP in first-aid, CPR and basic bicycle repair. Regional Parks Rangers helped to train volunteers on expected trail etiquette. All volunteers are required to wear a volunteer bicycle patrol uniform, distinguishing themselves from regular users of the trail. NSP coordinates bicycle trail volunteer schedules with Regional Parks.
“We are excited for these volunteers to hit the trails to help teach trail users about trail safety and etiquette,” said Liz Bellas, Director of Regional Parks. “We have seen an increase in new trail users this year and these new users don’t always know proper trail etiquette, which can be dangerous for other trail users. The Bike Patrol members will be great educational resources.”
“We are delighted to be part of the Parkway team and our agenda focuses on safety; safe cycling, safe walking and family enjoyment on the trail,” said Jim Cheng, Bike Patrol Representative.
Members of the Bike Patrol will act as trail ambassadors providing directional advice, equipment assistance, safety insights and bike safety programs, assistance with events and first-aid services.
Similar volunteer trail programs for equestrian mounted patrols have existed in this area for decades, but this is the first for a bike patrol. Current equestrian volunteer patrols are: Folsom Lake SRA Mounted Trail Patrol, Gold Country Trails Council (Tahoe National Forest) Mounted Trail Patrol, Sac Valley Equestrian Patrol, Auburn SRA Mounted Trail Patrol, and American River Parkway Equestrian Patrol. If you are interested in volunteering for any of these programs, visit the VOLUNTEER tab on the Mother Lode Trails web page.
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