Two New Dragoon Gulch Trail Work Days Scheduled

A volunteer crew of six made the Black Friday Work Day a great success! We cleared a short stub to a look out spot at the top of the Summit Trail and cleared stumps and tuned up an upper section of the Volunteers for Outdoor California Trail. Wetter conditions made for easier work! Support the City of Sonora and outdoor recreation by turning out for these Work Day opportunities.

Bikes for Tykes Work Day

Ervin Kroeker has been organizing the Bikes for Tykes component of the Sonora Children’s Holiday Party for over 20 years. Jack Becker and Carl Baker of the MLBC joined Erv and Michael David, Jose Ortiz, Doug Ankrom, and Mike Suess for the December 7 work day to get donated bikes ready for the December 14 party at the Motherlode Fairgrounds in Sonora.

If you missed this chance to donate your no longer needed bike to Bike for Tykes, you can contact the MLBC at any time to donate. We’ll help find your bike a new home with someone that needs it.

Volunteer workers for Bikes for Tykes work day

Erv and Jose

Jack and Michael

Doug and Mike

Michael and finished bikes

Dragoon Gulch Trail Work Weekend October 12 and 13

The Volunteers for Outdoor California provides a volunteer workforce for large-scale trail maintenance and construction projects, habitat restoration, and related land stewardship activities on public lands in partnership with public agencies and other nonprofit organizations. Help us maintain and expand the Dragoon Gulch Trail system October 12 and 13 with V-O-Cal!

We are excited to participate in this event, and if you would like to volunteer along side us, sign up at the link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4fa4a823aafc1-dragoon. V-O-Cal is trying to get a headcount of the number of volunteers for the work days by October 5th. Sign up today!

Promoting Bicycle Safety

The Motherlode Bicycle Coalition led their first bicycle rodeo this summer with the help of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Sonora Cyclery, and Sonora Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership. We set up a fun and educational bike safety course following the League of American Bicyclists‚ Bicycling Skills 1 2 3 Manual, gave out free helmets, provided bike maintenance, and gathered community responses for the Tuolumne County Active Transportation Plan (ATP). As a small bike advocacy organization, the involvement of the local business community and law enforcement was extremely helpful, and together we held a successful bike rodeo that we will replicate in the future.

Prior to leading the bike rodeo, UC Berkeley Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC) asked if we could provide a summary of the event to include on their Safety Stories page. Safety Stories is a feature where California Active Transportation Safety Information Pages (CATSIP) users can find and share snapshots of strategies, programs, and tools used by professionals, advocates and community residents to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. We were honored to make a contribution and share our experience of our summer bike rodeo. Read the full story at Safety Stories from You!

Please contact us if you would like to host a bike rodeo or bike maintenance workshop in Tuolumne or Calaveras County. We plan on leading more bike safety education rodeos and workshops for children and adults next year.