Professor_Havoc wrote:Di, as a long-time MMBA lurker, and an advocate of genuine and sincere diplomacy: I applaud the accuracy and eloquence of your post. I recently moved to Commerce Twp. and have ridden the trails at Proud Lake numerous times, typically to my discontent. No matter how frustrated I might become at constantly slowing down to avoid droppings or have to stop due to the severe trail erosion, I'm always completely affable to equestrians I encounter. There's no reason not to be, it will accomplish nothing to behave foolishly. Reasonable people will listen to reasonable suggestions and solutions. Let's only give that sort our attention. I would like to work with MMBA members and equestirian advocate to reach some common ground. How can I help?
Professor_Havoc, I'm sorry. I didn't see your post until just now.
The MMBA works because we have so many people who are willing to get involved with local advocacy efforts.
My advice for everyone is to get involved with your local chapter. Help build trails and the politics aspect will sink in during your involvement with chapter events. I firmly believe that the success of some of chapters has a lot more to with friendships than with a common hobby. We all like to mountain bike, but we love to do it with friends (and beer).
If another chapter needs a user group presence at a public meeting, then go. For example, if Ft. Custer is having a meeting between the equestrians and the mountain bikers, then the mountain bikers should make every effort to show up at the meeting to show that we do have the numbers.
It is also really important for chapters to communicate with the state board and the communications coordinator
because my crystal ball just doesn't work that well (it must be an old model). If you guys have information that everyone should know about, you must let me know about it so I can include it in communications. Write up a brief report.
We have the front page of the web site and the monthly e-Newsletter that you will receive at the beginning of every month. These are excellent resources for getting the word out.
I do edit everything and I require photography credits and captions when photos are included.