Park service works toward safer mountain biking


After an increase in complaints and mountain bike collisions on local trails, the National Park Service has partnered with the Concerned Off-Road Bicyclist Association (CORBA) to promote safe riding in the Santa Monica Mountains. Recently, rangers have been reporting a rise in visitor complaints about cyclists who are riding too fast or in restricted areas. 

“We’re thrilled that there is great demand for the public to enjoy the beauty and public health benefits of our extensive trail system,” said Melanie Turner, law enforcement ranger and mountain bike unit coordinator with Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA). “For the benefit and safety of all users, we ask people to follow proper trail etiquette and observe the 15 mph speed limit.” 

The SMMNRA and CORBA are working together to promote safe riding by keeping the public informed about regulations and riding tips. Additionally, rangers will be stepping up patrols and issuing citations to those not riding safely.