Mountain biking at UC Santa Cruz

January 29, 2014

My buds over at Hilltromper recently helped complete an interesting survey on mountain biking at the upper UC Santa Cruz campus. Until recently, I had no idea that it’s technically prohibited (and apparently that isn’t stopping most people.)

Here’s a glimpse from Traci Hulkill:

Four out of five mountain bikers surveyed at Upper UCSC say they use the single track trails there more than once a month, and almost all say they’ve used the trails at some point in the past. A third did not realize that riding the single track on campus is prohibited.

So say the results of a survey conducted on Upper Campus on consecutive January weekends by organizers of a Jan. 29 panel on mountain biking at Upper UCSC. Using iPads and a poll created by the civic engagement startup Civinomics, volunteers with Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz, Stevenson Residential Life and Hilltromper headed out to the water tanks on Chinquapin Fire Road on Saturday, Jan. 18 and Sunday, Jan. 26. There they set up shop, asked passing riders if they’d like to take a survey. Between the two days, 182 riders stopped to fill out the 11-item questionnaire.

Additionally, 144 people filled out the survey online during the week of Jan. 20.

While not scientific, the survey does offer an interesting glimpse into who’s riding. Respondents were—unsurprisingly—overwhelmingly male (78%). Two in five reported making more than $100,000 a year, with 23% reporting income of more than $150,000. Those making less than $25,000 accounted for 15% of the group.

Read the rest here.

There’s a panel this evening at 6 p.m. at UCSC’s Stevenson Event Center on the topic as well. Presenters will include:

  • Alex Jones, the UCSC Campus Natural Reserve Steward
  • Lono Barnes, City of Santa Cruz Fire Department
  • Will Curtis, Captain of the UC Santa Cruz Mountain Biking Team
  • Drew Perkins, Trail Officer – Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz
  • Professor Chris Wilmers, a wildlife biologist and director of the Santa Cruz Puma Project, who has worked throughout the Santa Cruz mountains and with the Santa Cruz Land Trust on local conservation issues





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