Post by kylekirkman on Apr 6, 2012 20:34:44 GMT -5
The 2012 International Police Mountain Bike Association Confrence is happening at the end of this month in St Paul MN. I have been an on bike EMS provider since 2008 and meed the requirements to become an instructor. OnSite health and Safety Services asked me to be involved with starting a Bike mobile EMS team and is sending me to the confrence. I will be getting my EMS Instructor Cert, and also taking a transition course which allows me to teach Security Cyclist Operations.
In addition I will attend a few workshops the most intense of which is Night Operations and Team Building which includes 5 plus hours of off road riding with "problem solving" stations along the way.
nathan- vanilla mixed with water, heavy on the vanilla in a spray bottle will keep them at bay. Chastity the asst. park mgr had some last year and she said it worked. Give it a whirl and let us know.
also- to everyone, I've been taking care of massive home projects for the last month and a half and the current phase is coming to a close. I have a few weeks left of hard work and will attempt to get out to a build day. In the meantime I still have the Lexan sheets. If anyone is wanting to pick them up you are welcome to link up and get them to the park. If not I'll (eventually) get out to Harmonie. Sometime this decade. maybe.
Post by kylekirkman on May 19, 2010 22:45:13 GMT -5
Lexan...yeah- 2 sheets donated by evan. Thanks evan. I'll being them out to harmonie at some point... i'm 19 feet deep in a fence project so I don't plan on being out there or riding for a few weeks... if you want to get hold of the sheets you can call and arrange a meet to pick em up. Kyle
Post by kylekirkman on May 12, 2010 21:46:58 GMT -5
hey- here's Ben's observations.. a repost from Long term plans for SWIN in the Where we ride section.... These observations are "BIG TIME" .. but Ben is a pro and does stuff very pro... However you can still infer much from these ideas even if we aren't going in that particular direction.... there's still valuable stuff here-
Long Term Plans for MTB development, creating worldclass facilities in Southwest Indiana.....
Observations and notes from Ben Blitch.....
Harmonie State Park
Focus your energy on riding the system and finding the three worst mud/flow issues. Take hand pruners and a folding saw on all of your rides and cut back the brush/ deadfall Investigate opening trail #4 and #2 to multi use travel (Hike/Bike) Ride it and view if it is good to have bikes on the trail Adds mileage and allows access from the campground. Put on trainings held by Kyle for Mountain Bike Patrol One Day Classroom One Day outside with the Heli Landing (Huge “Cool” Factor) Find a promoter for short track XC races to raise money for creating a professional plan for the park’s trail systems This may help raise local awareness and pull folks to the system Hire a Professional Trail Builders Association member to create a professional plan and design that includes input from the local township (New Harmony) – Potential FUNDING Source Try to design/build at least a 25 mile trail system (the mileage seems to be a good number to draw regionally) Rough Cost for the plan should not exceed $15,000 Grant sources coupled with money raised from races (Bikes Belong Grant?) Apply for grants to hire a trail crew at the park to build trained by PTBA member Grant should be between $75,000 and $150,000 Buy a trailbuilding machine (SK500 or Mini Excavator) to build out projects $15-20K (written into the grant) Once a consensus has grown (visible user increase), build a pumptrack/skills area at the campground, then build a bike park at the current mt. bike trailhead This will set the park apart from other regional mountain bike destinations in the area and will establish a welcome base of customers Bike Park could potentially be a managed facility like the pool and raise even more funds Once the trail system is complete hold festivals to raise money and awareness for the trail system Increase revenue by selling out the campground every weekend in the summer rather than just five weekends
Approach BMX crowd about creating a progressive riding area near the track to help entice interest in the race track. The progression park could be unmanaged and open regularly. It could include a pumptrack, practice gates, and a small dirt jump area The park could possibly want to expand into a very large bike park complex of which the BMX track was just a component as well Seems to be the most established riding spot in the entire area and probably should get the least amount of effort to get access, but is a potential spot
Wait until the greenway is in place, then move towards establishing a skills area that is suited to the trail system where the greenway interfaces with the mountain bike trails
Lincoln Ave. Park ( Evansville State Hospital, City Parks Property)
Seems to be the best location due to proximity to your house to create a pumptrack/skills area in the shade right next to the walking trails. Landscaping will be key in making this amenity fit the surrounding landscape This could act as a model for facilities like this in other parks around town May be the best prospect for hiring me to come back in and get something on the ground in a matter of only a couple weeks. Get approval, then you could apply for a Bikes Belong Grant or ask Gillis to sponsor the project Rough budget for my time ($10000 for the two weeks) also would take about $5K in materials that may be able to be donated Ask city to donate machine and operator to place the material The bonus of getting it knocked out quickly is that the landscaping could then be set and it would not look like a continuous work zone. You would also then be able to ride more and think about it less.
Post by kylekirkman on May 12, 2010 21:40:34 GMT -5
yeah the combo lock.... ok here's the gig about the shed.... The combo is supposed to be given only to a few people... Well that's fine and dandy but it doesn't help anyone if 3 people have the combo and no one else does. Last I saw, the chainsaw is in there and some pin flags and tape. That's it.
If the combo lock was ditched and it was a key access, the key could be left at the office but in the winter months (if i recall correctly) the office is mostly open but is closed at times......
i'm guessing that if all of you who have been very interested in doing work, and then do work- harmonie should have no issue letting you have access... and I'll press for it also. There needs to be a good handfull of folks who can get in and get the job done.
Post by kylekirkman on May 12, 2010 20:23:06 GMT -5
harmony kiosk signs are typically painted with the brown paint. The plywood backing to the kiosk looks like crap bare, and so will the lexan surrounds when I get those cut. If people want to leave it bare cool....but what matters is what the park wants .. just check with Chastity the Asst park manager. Her office is located at the entrance to the park.
Post by kylekirkman on May 12, 2010 15:09:58 GMT -5
yo- Ricdix- I'm am one man.... I am hoping that there are multiple "leaders" for the trails around the area.... There is no reason why all of you motivated individuals cannot take the reigns at some point, at some level. For my case- I have a whack job and a whack life. My free time is when most of you are working, my work occurs when you are sleeping, and my weekends are 50% on 50% off.
I also have an assload of of other things i do such as home projects (always), a wife who i don't get to see all that much, and I'm in the ISL among other things...
If everyone is looking for a sole individual to run the show- it can work but it keeps people in the dark at many levels.... keep in mind there are benefits to the top down command such as span of control.... however Oligarchy's work very well.
Here's a few break downs of the elements of Harmonie or of any new trail, with a volly base:
E-news and dissemination- email lists to the masses regarding updates/events... E news- Posted to SIMTB, and HMBA sites Trail conditions- posted every possible chance Kiosk news- work c park mgt and volly base keep data current Trail Maint- de riming, tree clearing Scheduling of events: Maint, rides, builds etc... Volunteer training A middle monkey between park mgt, and voly base User surveys developing ideas for the future Trail expansion
all the elements work hand in hand, and all need to be known about- fiddled with- and more than one person needs to be involved... If one person is "IT" you WILL become task saturated and will quit caring.
I was talking to Grizzly on the phone the other night and hopefully i made it clear that anyone who cares to get involved, I will tell you everything i know, and will introduce you to park mgt, get you talking to Alex and Paul , and you will be just as educated as anyone else about the facility and the do's and dont's, and about "HMba" trails and IMBA standards....
There's power in numbers and the sooner a "core group" rears its head the sooner progress can be made (and i think it has) . And never forget to share information. The rest of the oligarchy will be pissed.