Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance Programs
The Evergreen Education Team
For over a decade we’ve been teaching Mountain Bike Skills Classes to adults and children on riding techniques, pre-ride maintenance, and trail safety and courtesy . Classes are designed for a range of skill levels: from new to off-road bicycling to ready to learn freeride techniques. Our volunteer instructors are IMIC certified by Shaums March and provide the highest level of consistent, safe, high-quality instruction. This program is self-supported by class fees.
The Evergreen Trail Team
The group of highly trained work party crew leaders who plan, implement, and oversee our trail work volunteers is the core of this organization – completing thousands of hours of trail work each year and leaving a legacy of well-designed, sustainable trail. Evergreen is one of the largest contributors of volunteer mountain bike trail maintenance in the country, and is viewed by Washington land managers as a critical partner in keeping high-quality biking trails open to the public.
The Evergreen Advocacy Group
Evergreen's advocacy efforts are expansive and effective. We are well known for working collaboratively with other user groups. And thanks to our reputation as a trusted partner, we are consistently invited to the table as major stakeholders in the recreation and trails industry. We are proactively ensuring that we not only protect the trails that we have, but that we continually push for new opportunities and access.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Just one of our recent successes is the construction of King County's Duthie Hill Bike Park. The park officially opened for mountain biking after the completion of Phase 1 construction in 2010, and has since seen approximately 100,000 rider visits per year. The park was built through a partnership between the non-profit Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and King County. Funding came from a combination of grants and overwhelming community support including $225,000 of private donations and volunteer labor.
Ongoing support is critical to our efforts at mountain bike access, trail maintenance, and new trail construction across the state. With the completion of construction on the Duthie Hill Bike Park, we are now seeking opportunities to partner with other agencies and organizations to develop and maintain mountain biking trails and parks, and bring this healthy, family-friendly outdoor activity to more communities.