Trail stewardship organization furthers mission to make Santa Cruz the best place to be a mountain biker

Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) recently announced a new membership program, with 100% of its members’ dues benefiting trail stewardship in Santa Cruz County.  MBOSC’s new program offers six levels: Trail Steward, Trail Guardian, Trail Boss, Trail Champion, Trail Hero, and Trail Angel. Each features exciting perks such as a “Trail Badge” for one’s bike, custom socks, and jerseys. The organization maintains suggests the most exciting reward is knowing how much this program will support local trail building and maintenance efforts.

Generous donors matching membership dues

Between now and January 31, 2019, all membership dues will matched by generous donors up to $70,000. As if that’s not enough, when you become a member in that same timeframe AND sign-up for auto-renewals, you’ll be entered into a drawing for the Santa Cruz Bicycles model of your choice. Entries are based on your membership level, so the higher level you pick, the better your chance of winning, and the more good you’ll do for trails!

2019 Trail Badge

Coinciding with its new membership program, MBOSC  launched another much needed piece to the program: the MBOSC Trail Badge. The Trail Badge is an annual sticker that supports MBOSC with twenty bucks straight towards trails. All membership levels include the Trail Badge, but you can also buy the Trail Badge by itself without becoming a member. Since not everyone is or wants to be an MBOSC member, non-members will be able to pick up a Trail Badge at Santa Cruz local bike shops. The organization encourage all trail users to support local trails, as this goes a long way to promoting a diverse, well-maintained, and sustainable local trail network.

The idea of the Trail Badge is that it becomes the norm for everyone, much like the Squamish Off Road Alliance (SORCA) Trail Pass. It’s a cool sticker, it goes towards your local trails, and it’s an affordable price point. The sticker is perfect for displaying on your bike, water bottle, or helmet.

Local industry steps in to support MBOSC membership program

As mentioned above, Santa Cruz Bicycles was quick to step in and support MBOSC’s launch with a bike raffle. Every time a new member signs up for auto-renew, they are entered into a drawing the win the Santa Cruz of their dreams; the higher the level of support, the more tickets. But, they’re doing much more than that. Stay tuned for exciting news from Santa Cruz Bicycles!

MBOSC also recently invited  Santa Cruz-area local bike shops to meet at its office to discuss ways that they too can get involved. One way bike shops can help is by selling the new Trail Badge. Downtown Santa Cruz bike shop Spokesman Bicycles has committed to buy a Trail Badge for every bike in the store, and other shops have pledge their support as well.

Learn more about MBOSC and its trail stewardship projects for all user groups at