It Started Way Back In History
In 1984, the U.S. Forest Service banned bicycles from Wilderness Areas (for more information on the legal history and the current effort to lift this blanket ban, click here.) Subsequently, many local Marin land managers followed suit closing almost all the singletrack in Marin to bikes, despite the fact their mission statements are expressly concerned with recreation and do not have the limited scope of use of USFS designated wilderness.
In 1999, Access4Bikes was formed to give voice to Marin mountain bikers who felt shut out from the trails and the decisions being made about our public lands. A4B was set up as an IRS 527 organization, which allows donations to be made to candidates for elected public office. The idea was that since trail closures in Marin are largely political in nature, A4B wanted the ability to directly influence decisions affecting access to our public lands.
Yet the vast majority of what A4B has engaged in for nearly two decades is trail advocacy and trail stewardship, neither of which need be political. With that in mind, Access4Bikes Foundation was formed in 2017 as a 501(c)3 organization to address our much broader focus of bike advocacy, access and protection of our public lands.
Together, Access4Bikes and Access4Bikes Foundation strive for bike access to narrow trails in Marin that matches our large and growing user group demographic.
The net result is we can focus more of our time and funds on advocacy, trail proposals, trail work and stewardship, yet still make political moves when needed as we now have two different avenues for your generous donations! Go here for more info and to donate.