Assist. Educate. Inform.
Since 1994, the NMBP has provided hundreds of thousands of hours of volunteer service to countless land management agencies and trail users. Patrols typically operate as a volunteer group for the local land management agency and may or may not be affiliated with an area mountain bike club. Patrollers promote responsible mountain biking through IMBA's philosophy of environmentally sound and socially responsible riding, embodied in the universally recognized IMBA Rules of the Trail.
Who can help with Patrol?
No matter what your skill level is you are encouraged to join the bike patrol. It's doesn't matter how well (or not) you ride your bike but how well you interact with public that really counts!
What does the Patrol do?
We ride the trails we love to ride, and take extra time to say hello to other users of trail. At a minimum simply putting a good foot (and face) forward for the mountain biking community. If we get the opportunity to help others (mechanical or medical) then that's what we're really out there for! We also serve as "eyes and ears" of the land management agency we're doing patrol work for. A post-patrol report gets submitted by the volunteer to patrol director and lead patroller for trail as well as the primary land management contact for trail.
(Summary from http://www.imba.com/nmbp)
- 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
- Collaborate with local clubs on trail work days, clinics, group rides and Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day events
The NWTA Bike Patrol volunteers have a minimum commitment to participate on 2 active patrols per year plus 2 volunteer events (trail work party counts!) and at least one training session per year. First aid training is NOT a requirement, but if you want to wear the red National Mountain Bike Patrol jersey then first aid certification is required. Non-first aid certified patrol volunteers wear blue NMBP jersey.
NWTA has entered into agreements with public land management agencies for Henry Hagg Lake and L.L. Stub Stewart State Park to provide volunteer bike patrol services. Join us in helping strengthen partnership with land managers, educate and assist other park users, and be ambassador for the sport of mountain biking!
Lee Duncan is director of NWTA's Bike Patrol program and has National Mountain Bike Patrol instructor certification. He is passionate about the positive role which bike patrol serves to strengthen relationships with both land managers and trail users.
Joe Rykowski (left) and Lee Duncan (right) at Henry Hagg Lake (Summer 2012)
Aaron Hendrick - lead patroller for Henry Hagg Lake
Joe Rykowski - lead patroller for L.L. Stub Stewart State Park