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Petition for Safe & Equal Access to SCV Trails

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Kim Bosell
Regional Park Superintendent III
Natural Areas Administrator
1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena, CA  91107

We, the undersigned, are a concerned group of community members and off-road cyclists, who recognize the need for accessible and safe multi-use trails in the Santa Clarita area.  The Canyon Trail is a popular and relatively easy trail for beginning cyclists. It winds its way about two miles along Placerita Creek between Walker Ranch and the Placerita Canyon Nature Center, making it a local favorite for young and old alike. The mountain-biking community in Santa Clarita has for many years enjoyed the trails at Placerita Nature Center.

In June 2011, riders were met by Rangers who mentioned that the trail had been closed to bikes. Closing this trail has eliminated one of the few local mountain bike rides accessible to and acceptable for kids and families. This closure greatly reduces the options for family-friendly mountain biking in the Santa Clarita Valley. In addition, it makes access to and from the Los Pinetos trail and the Angeles National Forest more dangerous by forcing cyclists to travel the narrow and dangerous Placerita Canyon Road.

As taxpayers who love the open spaces and parks around Santa Clarita, we ask that park management work with us to restore bicycle access to the Canyon Trail, and keep one of the few family and beginner-friendly multi-use trails in the Santa Clarita Valley open.

We thank the park management for hearing our concerns, and look forward to working collaboratively to secure multi-use trail access including bicycles on the Canyon Trail, and to participate in the preservation of both our natural and recreational resources.

cc:  Kimel Conway
     Regional Operations Manager
     Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation
     Russ Kimura
     Regional Park Superintendent I       

     Michael Antonovich
     Supervisor, 5th District
     Los Angeles County
     David Perry
     Deputy to Supervisor Antonovich



Kenneth W. Raleigh


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