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GROC Genesee Regional Off-Road Cyclists

GROC Fleet of Kazam bikes being put to good use

GROC owns a fleet of push bikes from Kazam that we bring to events and encourage kids to jump on and start to learn how to ride a bikes. These push bikes are the best way to teach your child to ride. The can start very young and these bikes teach balance from day 1. Training wheels on bikes actually work against the natural balance skills needed for riding a bike.

Every child I have seen use these bike go from the push bike to peddling a bike with no learning curve, they just jump on and start peddling.

GROC tries to promote biking in any way we can so we have leant the fleet of bikes and helmets to the Child Care Center at Genesee Community College Association in Batavia, New York. Staci L. Williams the director has been thrilled to have such a great activity for the kids and as you can see the gym makes an excellent place to rip it up.

 

TrailsROC for every trail user

GROC recently got a very generous donation from a local trail running group TrailsROC. 

They promote trail running and are big advocates of the wonderful trails in our area. They also understand that trails need love and care and recognize the efforts of all the groups that help build and maintain those trails. http://www.trailsroc.org

Eric Eagan one of the founders of TrailsROC had reached out to GROC when they were running race at Dryer Road Park. I asked Eric why they donated money to GROC

"We host a race (Ready Set Glow) at Dryer Road park and we understand that park is maintained and built by GROC and all of our” races have a beneficiary and it made sense to give to the organization that built a park that supports one of our races.

There should be room for runners and riders on our trails and if we build them properly - Which GROC has shown it can do, we should be able to share.

So in essence, we have so much in common we should be advocating and working together because our goals and vision seem to line up."


I think Eric stated it perfectly “ we have so much in common we should be advocating and working together because our goals and vision seem to line up

GROC has been the champion for opening local trails to mountain biking but our main mission is to see more inclusive trail policies for all user groups. Shared-use trails are not only the right thing to do but it is critical to have all the help and volunteers our trails can get to keep them in great shape for everyone. We all know trails are built primary with volunteers from many different trail organizations and without them the trails will deteriorate.

So thank you to TrailsROC for supporting like minded groups and volunteering on the trails !

Jonathan Brown

President GROC

 

Winter Fat Bike Riding Etiquette

We recently received some rather bad news from Harriot Hollester Park. Seems that Fat Bikes have been riding on the groomed Nordic Ski Trails. This can cause damage to the groomed trails when they are soft.

Please respect our fellow trail users

 

Winter Fat Bike Riding Etiquette

NO biking on the groomed Nordic ski trails, if they have groomed tracks or if they are soft

  • Be a good trail citizen. If the conditions cause you to leave ruts that will impede the future health of the trail system, leave the trail – don’t just keep riding because the rules say you can. Spread the word about snow biking, make it fun, keep it safe.
  • Be an ambassador for the sport – stay polite, educate other bikers, discourage bad behavior, follow the rules.
  • Bikes yield to all other users. Use the snow mobile trails as less as possible, be careful of crossings. Cross-country Skiers don’t have brakes, so bikes are responsible for staying out of their way.
  • Packed Snow Mobile Trails are also great for Fat Bikes but be careful
 

Happy New Year Trail Crew Volunteers!

We hope everyone had an excellent Holiday season and your New Year is off to a great start! Amidst the snow and freezing cold, we here at GROC have been reflecting on all the great work that was accomplished by the Trail Crew last season (check out the link below if you missed our End of Year Meeting). We are very thankful for the time and energy everyone contributed. Your efforts helped create and maintain trails that all users appreciated and enjoyed!  

Looking ahead to the New Year there are some really exciting projects and opportunities that GROC will be involved with. A few of these include…

  • a new connector route between Tryon and BPW that will allow trail users to safely traverse Empire Blvd, once County gets approval to go through City property.
  • Orange Trail Extension will be completed at BPW.
  • Many trails at DRP will continue to get “face lifts”.
  • Work that started late last season on the new Black Trail will continue in Ontario County Park. For those familiar with OCP, the Black Trail will be located below Brown. This is a huge new project that will add miles of sweet singletrack to OCP!

In addition to these projects, GROC has been asked to participate in developing new shared use trails in two more areas, Greece Canal Park, and a park in Perinton. Greece Canal Park has already been approved for shared-use trails, so now we are looking for trail crew from that area to form a team to help design and build trails. Also, the Town of Perinton recently contacted GROC and asked us to join with other trail users to plan and build shared-use trails in one of their parks.  

We also have several future opportunities within the Monroe County Park system on our radar. The master pans for Webster Park, Mendon Ponds Park, and Powder Mills Park are currently up for review and we need your support. Specifically, we need people to come out to public input meetings and be willing to volunteer to build and maintain trail in these parks.

With all of these opportunities available to us, GROC needs more volunteers, especially more dedicated members who are willing to take leadership responsibilities. As many of you know, Trail Crew leaders work out of a park of their choosing and are responsible for organizing volunteers for work parties and also working with land managers as GROC’s representative. What you may not know is that leaders do not need to be experienced trail builders! All you need is a willingness to learn. We will provide training and support as needed. Please spread the word that we are looking for new volunteers and consider bringing a friend or family member out to do some trail work this season. And, if you are interested in a leadership position, please contact GROC, we would love to talk with you!

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Sincerely,

GROC Trail Crew Leaders

 

 

Over the Finish Line – With The Win

 

Last night the Monroe County Parks Advisory Committee met to review the study done for the Shared-Use trail pilot program in Tryon and West Bay Parks. The report  done by EDR was very thorough and the its conclusion was that shared-use trails had no adverse environmental impact and that the trails have had a positive impact for the two parks.
 
GROC and the efforts of volunteers were recognized by the PAC community with Dave Rinaldo and Larry Staub  stating how much they appreciate GROC's efforts. Many of the opposition were at the meeting but they did not have much to say.  One even got up and spoke very positively about GROC's work. I have to say that that might be one of the best things out of all of this. GROC and volunteers have been positive and inclusive throughout this process. We not only built trails that we want to ride but ones that all trail users enjoy. We set the example for how sustainable trails can improve the experience for all users while minimizing environmental damage.

The question was asked "so what is the process for other parks and shared-use trails?" Larry Staub said that the process for opening other parks' trails for shared-use will include evaluation and study through the master plan process similar to what was done for Tryon and West Bay.

Larry said the they are hoping GROC will work with the County on Greece Canal Park as that park already has shared-use trails as part of it's recent master plan update. If you live in the Greece area and would like to see shared-use trails in this park, please contact Jonathan Brown. We are looking for a Trail Crew leader to manage this new opportunity.
There are also two more parks currently in master plan review, Mendon Ponds and Webster Park. Please contact Jonathan Brown if you are interested in working on getting shared-use trails in either of these parks.

Thank you to all the people who came to the PAC meeting and for all the work done by hundreds of volunteers. This was a significant effort but the results are wonderful for our parks and the sport we love.

Sincerely
Jonathan Brown
President GROC




 
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