March 14, 2021 at 11:28 PM #11664Marc DeschenesGeneral Member
Please sign the petition to save this flying site.
Please help us save paragliding and hang gliding at Bates. This treasured, 40-year flying destination is at risk of being lost forever. If the 0.2 mile Rincon Trial Bike Path is constructed as planned, it will remove 312,000,000 pounds of soil from Bates Ridge, ruining the airflow and destroying the only coastal soaring in Carpinteria. It would be tragic to lose Bates when alternative project sites are available.
We are urging the City of Carpinteria to build a better bike path that meets the needs of both cyclists and pilots. While there are miles of roads and paths available to local cyclists, including two existing ways to cross this section, venues for free flight are extremely rare in the US. Flying at Bates is part of what makes Carpinteria special. By signing your name, you are asking the City of Carpinteria to preserve Bates by redesigning the Rincon Trail Bike Path. Please join us in demanding a bike path that is inclusive of all recreational users and protective of the unique topography that makes Bates a cherished recreational airpark.
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