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2017 BAMBA Goals

- Work towards improving the overall Trail Experience in Greater Reading to help maintain the prestigious IMBA Bronze Level Ride Center Status.
- Maintain bike trails on Mt. Penn, Neversink, S.R.T., S.R.G. trails, and assist rangers at Blue Marsh and French Creek in trail maintenance
- Assist local bike shops in organizing and conducting bike Demo Day events
- Conduct organized rides to introduce new riders to mountain biking
- Conduct mountain biking Kids Events
- Install 6 internally located Mini Trail Information Kiosks on the Mt Penn Preserve
- Help the City of Lancaster build a Pump Track at Reservoir Park
- Propose a Pump Track installation to the City of Reading for Egelman Park
- Attend Meetings to keep the RACC Bridge Open to Pedestrian and Cycling traffic for the next 100 years
- Develop a Trail Map for the Neversink Preserve
- Install Trail Signage on the Neversink Preserve
- Organize and Cleanup the SRT from the Bingaman St Bridge to the Laural St Railroad Bridge and the route up to gate 9 on the Neversink Preserve
- Continue the restorration of Egelman Park and Mineral Spring Park trails and grounds.
- Continue Tuesday night Group Rides - Contact John Pacharis at
- Continue Sunday Women’s Group Ride - Contact Amberly Geoghegan at
- BAMBA Merchandise-Buy it, Wear it, Gift it….Available at East Ridge Outfitters in West Reading, PA
- Attend a Board Meeting, Present an idea and take the lead: Meetings on the first Tuesday of the month 7PM Canal St. Restaurant.
- Consider renewing BAMBA/IMBA membership online for $50 vs. $35 (Best deal includes IMBA socks and a magazine subscription)
- Ride and encourage others to ride!

2016 Goals COMPLETED

- Publish a Mt. Penn Bike Trail Map
- Install trails signs on Mt. Penn
- Install a Trail Information Kiosk at the BAMBA parking lot and at Egelman Park
- Install a Trail Head sign at the BAMBA parking lot
- Improve the connector trail and install lighting from Old Wyomissing Rd to the RACC Bridge
- Rebuild the Klapperthal Hollow bridges to accommodate hand cycles, wheelchairs
- Start and Continue Tuesday night Group Rides - Contact John Pacharis at
- Start and Continue Sunday Women’s Group Ride - Contact Amberly Geoghegan at

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It all adds up that Reading, PA is the place to cycle. We’re an IMBA Bronze Level Ride Center - A Mountain Biker is on the cover of the 2016 Official Travel Guide - And check out the feature article on riding Neversink Mountain in issue #189 of DIRT RAG MOUNTAIN BIKE MAGAZINE. Also check out the new GoGreaterReading trail brochure. It’s Awesome!

IT ONLY GETS BETTER Geater Reading Trails System

2015 was a most productive year for BAMBA having built a new parking Lot on List Road, installed seven new fire road gates on Mt. Penn, and of course the new and improved A-Line gravity run – what a thrill! We’re hitting the ground running in 2016 with funding help from the BCCF/GRYP for the Mt. Penn Mapping Project. This project consists of creating a bike trail map, installing kiosks to display maps and trail information, and installing signage along the trails to guide and promote new mountain bikers to Mt. Penn. To date, over 30 sign posts have been installed on the trails on Mt. Penn in the vicinity of A-line, with many many more to come. Numerous hours were spent over the past 6 months, studying maps, riding and verifying trails, drawing and redrawing maps. To that end, a foldable, user friendly, pocket bike trail map now exists and is in it’s final review before mass printing begins. Also, plans are on the table for the fabrication and installation of a sign at the new BAMBA parking lot, as well as a Kiosk, and a Kiosk at Egelman Park. BAMBA volunteers already dug the foundation holes at all three locations.

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The new BAMBA parking lot on List Road provides quick and convenient access to some of Mt. Penn’s best trails. Located just East of the intersection of Angora and List Roads, adjacent to Camp Lily, this 15 space gravel lot provides safe off-road parking for Mountain Bikers, complements of BAMBA, Stackhouse Bensinger Inc., The City of Reading, and Lyons & Hohl Inc.,

A novice trail ride will take you to the upper section of Spuhler Lane (Tower Road) where you will find the A-Line trailhead. Or, just explore the many fine single track trails on the back side of Mt. Penn.

To get there, just “navigate to:” 2 List Road- on GOOGLE Maps, or 15 List Road- on i-Maps.

Recognized Once More
News from the Executive Office of the Mayor of Reading

Reading, PA – November 18, 2015 – The City of Reading is proud to announce that it has been awarded the national designation of Bike Friendly Community at the Bronze level by the League of American Bicyclists. Reading joins State College, Franklin, York, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia as the only municipalities in Pennsylvania to achieve official designation by the League for their efforts to become bike friendly.

According to the League, “simple steps to make bicycling safe and comfortable pay huge dividends in civic, community and economic development. Given the opportunity to ride, residents enjoy dramatic health benefits, reduced congestion, increased property values and more money in their pockets to spend in the local economy. When your community welcomes bicycling, tourism booms, businesses attract the best and the brightest, and governments save big on parking costs while cutting their carbon emissions.”

“This latest achievement was the result of so many partners working together towards a common vision,” explained Eron Lloyd, who submitted the application and serves as the City’s bike and pedestrian coordinator.

“As our third attempt in seeking the designation, the recent successes of establishing the Reading Bike Hub, BAMBA's achievement of International Ride Center status for the Greater Reading Trails System, our Complete Streets policy, the Reading 120 race, and Bicycle Friendly Business status for the Reading Eagle and Penske Racing Shocks all helped to push us over the top this time.

Plan your next bike adventures from the new Mt. Penn Trail Head Parking Lot Enjoy the trails of Mt. Penn even more now that there is a new conveinent trail head parking facility located right in the center of the action. The 15 car lot is just below the intersection of Angora and List roads, adjacent to the entrance to Camp Lily, and is open to all recreational users.

Schuykill River Trail is the BEST
USA TODAY rates the SRT as the #1 urban trail in the USA. Check it out. New SRT maps are now available at select trail heads