I am attempting to bring an access issue before the city of Mtn. View BPAC (Bicycle/Pedestrian Access Committee) and wondered if anyone here has dealt with them before? Any tips or suggestions on how to present the issue?
The access issue is in regards to riding longboard skate boards on the Mtn. View segments of the Bay Trail (at Shoreline Park) and on the Stevens Creek Trail:
I hope to attend the BPAC meeting on the 30th of this month to ask that this issue be added to the agenda for the next meeting in August. I have been in contact with the Mtn. View parks dept. and also with the Friends of Stevens Creek Trail and there are no objections there to rescinding this skateboard prohibition, but it is all up to the BPAC to bring the issue to the Mtn. View city council. So any tips anyone has on this sort of interaction, I am all ears.
And for anyone not familiar with the type of longboarding I am talking about, there is some good background information below:
I ride bikes as well as longboard on the various multi-use trails around the bay, but it is only Mtn. View that prohibits my access. I feel that this is very inconsistent with the surrounding cities trail use guidelines and there is no signage at the Mtn. View borders informing trail users of the change in access modes.
I am not in favor of having huge sign farms at every city boundary noting all the unique trail usage rules, but rather make it simple for trail users and have common access rules across all cities. Is this something that SVBC advocates?