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New BAMBA Promotional Video

Go Greater Reading - Video

From Where We Stand-Reading, PA.
Full article and video - Check It Out!

Schuykill River Trail is the BEST
USA TODAY 10BEST.com rates the SRT as the #1 urban trail in the USA. Check it out.
New SRT maps are now available at select trail heads

New SRT maps are out, and will be distributed at the trail heads on Saturday August 1st

New Mt. Penn Trail Head Parking Lot
Enjoy the trails of Mt. Penn even more now that there is a new conveinent trail head parking facility located right in the center of the action. The15 car lot is just below the intersection of Angora and List roads, adjacent to the entrance to Camp Lily, and is open to all recreational users.

This BAMBA project came to fruition in less than a year from conception to completion through the excellent collaboration with the City of Reading, the persistent efforts of BAMBA members, and with special thanks to major contributors such as Stackhouse Bensinger inc., and Lyons & Hohl.

Helping Helping Keep Our Trails Clean
Dumping of trash on Mt. Penn trails has been a long standing concern of BAMBA and of all the recreational users of our beautiful trail system. In an effort to curtail unorthorized vehicicular access to the trails, BAMBA spearheaded a project to restore the existing deteriorated fire road gates on Mt. Penn. The recipe for success of this project included generous donations of materials, fabrication and construction skills of BAMBA members, sweat equity, help from the VoTech, and collaboration with the City of Reading.

Seven new, robust, bright yellow, locked, gates now guard the fireroad entrances on Mt. Penn, helping to keep our trails safe and clean.

Pump Track in Reading, PA

  • The City of Reading and the Bike HUB are planning the installation of a Pump Track, now to be located on Penn St. Between 8th and 9th

Treat the whole family to biking.

Sat., Oct. 3 Take Your Kid Mt. Biking Day
1 pm, Blue Marsh Lake - Church Road Parking Area
Bring your children along for a fun filled family day of mountain biking! You can help pass your passion for pedaling on to those that matter the most: your kids. Take part in this internationally recognized outdoor event sponsored by the Berks Area Mountain Biking Association and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Enjoy the early fall scenery as we mountain bike along the easier trails around Blue Marsh Lake. Bring your mountain bike and helmet. This event is free, but pre-registration is required to 610-374-2944 by September 28th.

PRO CYCLING Road Race returns to Reading with the UCI 1.2 Reading 120.
With possible grand fondo where amateur riders can ride the same course the pros will be racing on September 12th. More Information...

Active BAMBA Projects

Recognition of Excellence

  • The International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) has awarded Reading,PA the Bronze level Ride Center Status. The Ride Center designation represents IMBA’s Model Trail recognition for large-scale mountain bike facilities that offer something for every rider.
    We are now recognized as one of the 37 IMBA Ride Centers in the world!

Maintaining Trail Quality:

  • BAMBA Trail Managers evaluate erosion sensitive trails on Mt. Penn, and hang postings advising riders to avoid these areas until the trails are healthy enough to accept bikes traffic.
  • BAMBA is scheduled to clean out the deteriorating /unsafe jumps from the A-Line trail on Mt. Penn, mid-August.
  • BAMBA members conduct trail maintenance and embrace stewardship of Mt. Penn and Neversink Mountain. THANKS FOR ALL HARD WORK!

Mt. Penn Trail Mapping

BAMBA is in progress with a major trail mapping project in an effort to promote the bounty and variety of mountain biking on Mt. Penn. The project scope includes:

  • Define the seven riding zones bounded by the roads on Mt. Penn
  • Document the MTB trails in each of the zones, including identifying the start and end, and noting the unique features, and skill rating. Also, naming the trails
  • Fabricate and install trail signage, and road markers to identify trail entrences
  • Erect trail head kiosks displaying a comprehensive trail map and guide
  • Make pocket map brochures available for riders to use on the trail.

Duryea Downhill Race

  • BAMBA is in discussions with the City of Reading in how to make the 2016 Duryea Downhill event better than ever.

Hand Cycle Access

  • BAMBA is continuing discussions in pursuit of widening the Klapperthal bridges on Nevershink Mountain. This popular location is ideal for persons confined to hand cycles, strollers, or wheelchairs to get outside and enjoy this most scenic trail.

2015 BAMBA Goals / Projects / Events

- Work towards improving the overall Trail Experience in Greater Reading to help maintain the prestigious IMBA Bronze Level Ride Center Status.

- Promote From Where We Stand (FWWS) Video to Politicians, Land Managers,
     Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau, etc.

- Trail Head Kiosks: An important component towards IMBA Ride Center® designation.

- Thun Trail completion through RACC property.

- Reading is working with BAMBA on a new Parking Area near Camp Lily/Rotary Park and Fire Road Gate Replacements

- IMBA Mapping Project: BAMBA member Stephan Kincaid leading effort to electronically map local trails - http://www.mtbproject.com/

- Down Hill Trail Committee: A Line Rebuild. Proposal submitted to City of Reading

- IMBA Trail Building Grants - Apply for Grants in 2015 and beyond

-Birdsboro Reservoir Trails Project
     Proposed joint venture with IMBA and Natural Lands Trust.

- Volunteer at French Creek and Blue Marsh Trail days. Dates TBA.

- Kids Programs-Take a Kid Mt Biking Day in October and other dates TBA.

- BAMBA Merchandise-Buy it, Wear it, Gift it Contact: Brian Holman 610-334- 2185

- Attend a Board Meeting, Present an idea and take the lead: Meetings second Tuesday of the month 7PM Canal St. Restaurant.

- Consider renewing BAMBA/IMBA membership online for $50 vs. $30
     Best deal includes IMBA socks and a magazine subscription.

- Ride and encourage others to ride!