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Join the BTCEB Board of Directors!

We hope that you and your loved ones are well and healthy during this challenging time. Although the current COVID-19 crisis has prevented our usual group rides and get-together, the BTCEB Board of Directors continues to work together to advocate for, maintain and build trails for mountain bike access in the East Bay.

After many years of service, several members of the Board are stepping away from their leadership roles. We are using this reorganization opportunity to open up officer positions to anyone who would like to help shape the future of mountain biking in the East Bay. At our next board meeting on Wednesday, May 13th, we will be holding elections for all board positions, and we encourage all interested members to consider applying for one of our openings.

Bicycle Trails Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1987 by a dedicated group of volunteers who successfully fought the planned 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. 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.

Applicants for board positions must be current dues-paying BTCEB members (you may join now if your membership is not current). Terms of office will be one or two years, depending on the position, and you will be expected to attend one board meeting every two months, either in-person or via teleconference/Zoom. There will also be opportunities to contribute to our rides and education programs, advocate for increased access to singletrack, and develop and maintain trails in East Bay parks.

Our top priorities for the next year currently include:

  • Keeping Joaquin Miller Park awesome

  • Getting the Oakland Pump Track up and rolling

  • Working with EBRPD to develop a plan to build new singletrack connecting Sibley Regional Park with Moraga

  • Continuing the maintenance and development of the trail system at Crockett Hills Regional Park

  • Working with the Walnut Creek Open Space District on singletrack in Lime Ridge and Shell Ridge

  • Developing closer relationships with East Bay youth and high school mountain biking teams

  • Expanding our organized ride series, which currently includes monthly Gala Rides, our Ride Like A Girl series, and volunteer-organized Pop-Up rides, to include more places, more people, and more fun!

If you would like to be a part of the movement to free the singletrack, please contact us and let us know of your interest by completing this Google Form by 23:59 Pacific time on Sunday, May 10. You should be prepared to attend a meeting by videoconference on Wednesday, May 13 from 6:30-9:00 PM to introduce yourself and talk about why you’d like to participate in the Bicycle Trails Council Board of Directors.

Elections will be held for the following officer positions. We include here a brief list of responsibilities; the full extent of each position’s duties will be determined primarily by the person doing the work. We are looking for self-motivated, creative individuals who have fresh ideas about what mountain biking in the East Bay could be.

In addition to these officer positions, we may elect one or more at-large Board members. If you are interested in contributing, we will find a role for you.

President (vacant)

The president presides at all meetings of the Board of Directors, They shall generally supervise, direct, and control the business and officers of the corporation. They develop BTCEB vision and strategy for trail advocacy, and work with other Board members to coordinate our ride programs, and our trail development and maintenance efforts.

Vice-President (currently Yvette Skinner)

The Vice-President performs the duties of the President in the absence or disability of the President and also acts in a leadership role for the organization.

Secretary (vacant)

The Secretary creates and maintains all official records of the BTCEB, including the Book of Minutes, the Annual Report, and any Notices required for BTCEB business.

Treasurer (currently Alan Enrici)

The Treasurer creates and maintains all financial records and accounts of the BTCEB.

Membership (currently Jon Running)

The Membership Director seeks to recruit and retain dues-paying BTCEB members, through communications, group activities, and promotions.

Education and Promotion Director (new position)

The Education and Promotion Director seeks to promote mountain biking among new and interested parties, and manages BTCEB’s ride and education programs. They also lead outreach efforts to underrepresented communities, youth, women, and LGBTQ+ populations.

Communications Director (new position)

The Communications Director is responsible for public information about BTCEB, including the web site, the BTCEB Buzz newsletter, and social media platforms.

Trails Director (new position)

The Trails Director is responsible for trail development, building, and maintenance programs. The Director will encourage trail stewardship through teams associated with particular parks or geographic areas.

Advocacy Director (new position)

The Advocacy Director works with local and regional land managers, and with other bike advocacy organizations, to advocate for mountain bike access and influence trail usage policies. The Director coordinates BTCEB’s efforts by working with teams or individual advocates associated with specific parks or geographic areas. They will connect with and garner support from other organizations that share BTCEB’s goals, and promote cooperation among all trail user groups.

How to apply

Complete this Google Form by 23:59 Pacific Time on Sunday, May 10. You will be asked for contact information, and for a basic biography which describes your interest in participating in the Bicycle Trails Council Board.

Applicants will be asked to virtually attend our Board meeting on Wednesday, May 13, at 6:30 PM, and to give a brief statement about their background and purpose in joining the BTCEB board.

If you have any questions, send email to nominations@btceb.org. Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you.

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