Our mission is to educate cyclists in responsible mountain biking, to advocate for appropriate access and to promote community among trail users so all may fully enjoy and preserve the natural spaces of the East Bay.


We envision a united trails community where mountain bikers, equestrians and hikers happily coexist on trails, both narrow and wide, extending each other due courtesy and caution, in open spaces, everywhere.


Bicycle Trails Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1987 by a dedicated group of volunteers who fought the impending closure of almost all bike trails in the East Bay! We are the oldest mountain bike advocacy group in the United States and one of the founding clubs of IMBA.


Read more about our history

Today, we are active with programs that educate trail builders, promote responsible riding, and advocate for increased trail access. Our trail crews excel at maintaining trails in our local parks and our members and partners have volunteered countless hours to build new trails and improve existing ones.


Our marquee group rides are the monthly Gala Ride and our women-specific Ride Like A Girl. Both are led by experienced local riders who know the trails and offer a group for all skill and fitness levels. You can generally count on enjoy snacks and cold drinks post-ride.


Our long-standing Youth Mountain Bike Adventures program takes groups of underserved kids on what is sometimes their first visit to an East Bay Park. We also provide sponsorship to the East Bay's budding scene of high school mountain bike racing teams.

Mike Udkow, President


Yvette Skinner, Vice President

Dan McAvoy, Secretary


Lauren Haughey, Treasurer


Henry Mitchell, Trails Coordinator


Amy Arcus, Director of Women's Programs


Jim Arth, Membership Coordinator


Tom Holub, IT Guy


Tom Gandesbery, Member-at-Large


Dave Wolden, Member-at-Large



Our board and membership meetings are on the second Wednesday of each month. We discuss BTCEB activities, rides, and projects, and provide free food and beer! All are welcome; RSVP on our MeetUp page.


Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay
P. O. Box 9583
Berkeley, CA 94709

Telephone Hotline:

(510) 761-6825)




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