Susanville Area Bicycle Association gets active on the Bizz Johnson Trail
May 23 — The Susanville Area Bicycle Association is inviting bikers, hikers, runners and walkers of all ages and skill levels to the Bizz Johnson Trail at 6 p.m. Tuesday evenings.
The weekly event is part of an outdoor series the association will be putting on through October. The event will begin at the kiosk on the west side of Richmond Road by the caboose, across the street from the Historic Railroad Depot. However, participants can join anywhere along the way.
Everyone is welcome to get active on the trail in whichever way they choose, whether it is running, biking, walking or jogging. Families, children, dogs and strollers are all welcome. After getting active on the trail, participants are also welcome to gather at the Pioneer Saloon.
Many active walkers, runners and bikers are weary of heading outdoors alone at this time of year because of the threat of mountain lions. However, the Susanville Area Bicycle Association says the Tuesday night event is a way for people to get out and be active without worrying about such threats because having so many people on the trail will deter predators.
“I feel strongly that local trails are not getting used more extensively because people are afraid of mountain lions,” said Dan Brown, who is helping organize the weekly event. “My solution is to attempt to have people just go with other people or in groups so they feel safer. Hopefully too, once they are familiar with being out they will not be as concerned and can get to know others."
According to a press release from the Susanville Area Bicycle Association, the goal is to have enough people so there are at least two people going a similar pace. With lots of people on the trail at once it should be safer and more enjoyable. You won’t be worried about mountain lions.
Participants are encouraged to go their own pace and cover as much distance as they would like. If there are people going faster than you want to, just wave goodbye and say, “Have a nice time. See you later.” Do only what you would like to at any speed and don’t be pressured into an exertion level greater than what you’re comfortable with.
The distance and amount of time is up to each individual, however, the Susanville Area Bicycle Association said most people will probably go one to two hours, but any amount of time is OK, from 20 minutes to three hours.
The Tuesday night event will also cover the new South Side Trail, which goes from Hobo Camp to the bypass trail around the big tunnel, about five miles up the Susan River Canyon.
Participants can ride the bus to the trail from Historic Uptown Susanville.
It is strongly recommended that each person bring water, identification, a snack, cell phone and a light if you plan to be out after dark. Bicycle riders should bring a helmet, a bike in safe, working condition, a spare tube, patch kit, tire levers and a valve adapter. Any person younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Dog owners are asked to bring a leash and bags for their dogs.
For more information, email Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.