• Coalition– A coalition is a pact or treaty among individuals or groups, during which they cooperate in joint action, each in their own self-interest, joining forces together for a common cause. This alliance may be temporary or a matter of convenience. A coalition thus differs from a more formal covenant. Possibly described as a joining of ‘factions’, usually those with overlapping interests rather than opposing.

Hikers, walkers, runners, bikers, and equestrians have an overlapping interest in trail use as a means of transportation/circulation, and physical and mental health.

  • Trail vs. path vs. road:


  • Pump Track- a short series of bumps, humps, and berms where riders complete laps doing the minimum amount of pedaling possible. pump track page
  • Gateway Mountain Bike Trails provide:
  1. a friendly introduction to mountain biking for novice riders w/ a family-style natural surface (Hosp Grove, Carlsbad).
  2. skills for trails and roads: The skills learned on a mountain bike trail are invaluable for biking on the road— swiftly adapt to changes in the environment, build skills/esteem, and strengthen muscles.
  3. natural resource protection: easily accessible, sustainable trails that build a constituency for outdoor recreation to ensure the future preservation of open space.
  4. children a sanctuary of fun: the unstructured play experience that mountain biking provides inspires kids to explore the natural world and leads to positive associations with exercise and nature.
  5. cross-generational fun: Mountain biking is a cross-generational endeavor-accessible to all generations at the same time, on the same trail.
  6. engaging interpretative signs to teach visitors about the natural environment, responsible trail use, and mountain biking skills. The signs are small and placed low to the ground to complement the scenery.


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