Guest Article: Tips for Preserving Nature While Cycling! By Eric Minghella

Preserving Nature While Cycling Through A Park

Cycling has many benefits. It is a healthy form of transportation, so you are getting a work-out when you go for a ride. It is also environmentally-friendly and allows you to get where you need to go because it doesn’t leave a carbon footprint because you don’t use any fuel. And, it is also fun and a great way to relieve stress. With a greater number of public lands, nature preserves and parks creating areas for cyclists, they are drawing larger crowds. If you go out cycling to enjoy the great outdoors, you need to focus on preserving nature while cycling through a park. Here are a few tips to help you keep the park looking its best.

Stay on the Trail

You should never stray from the designated route, whether it is a trail, path sidewalk, or road. By just getting slightly off the trail, you are crushing flora and damaging plant roots. When plants are damaged, wildlife is affected.

Watch for Wildlife

Remember, if you are in a park you are visiting the home of many critters. These animals don’t realize – or care – if you are there. You are visiting their home, so stay on the lookout. Ride at a safe speed, so you can slow down quickly enough to avoid a collision or avoid getting too close.

Don’t Cut Ruts

When you cut ruts in a trail, you are damaging plant roots and causing unnecessary threats for other cyclists. Ruts will fill with water during rainstorms. That will lead to muddy spots that are slippery, which can cause crashes. Also, ruts contribute to erosion.

Pick up the Trash

If you take along drinks or snacks, don’t leave your wrappers, packages, and bottles behind. If possible, take along reusable containers or water bottles, so you don’t have as much trash and you aren’t throwing away excess materials. If you come along trash someone else has left, pick it up and take it along to dispose of properly.

Stay of the Slopes

While it might seem like fun to ride across slopes, it isn’t environmentally-friendly. It contributes to erosion and will cause the trail to wash out later. Instead, avoid slopes and make your way around them.

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MLK Day of Service at Nadaka with Friends of Trees!

When:Mon, January 21, 2019, 8:45am – 1:00pm

Where:Nadaka Nature Park, Green Space Events (map)

Description: Join us for this special event in celebration of community service on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day! We are excited to be working at Nadaka Nature Park to remove invasive species and plant native trees and shrubs. This event is in partnership with Friends of Nadaka Nature Park and with support from the Nature Conservancy and the Boeing Company.  RSVPs kindly requested.: 

Please arrive by 8:45am to sign-in and enjoy some breakfast treats and coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. The planting starts promptly at 9:00am. We provide gloves, tools, and guidance, so all you need to do is show up dressed for the weather and wearing sturdy shoes or boots – and be ready to have fun!

How do I register? All individuals and groups are kindly asked to RSVP to save your spot(s) by filling out our quick Registration Form. Registration is highly recommended but not required.

Under age 18? A signed youth waiver is required for you to volunteer. We ask that youth 15 years and younger are accompanied by an adult.

Please contact Jenny, Pablo, and Carey at (503) 595-0213 // if you have questions or need any further information. We look forward to seeing you out there!more details»copy to my calendar.