Weekend vibes Tejano style!
Weekend vibes Tejano style!
Shawn Pratt takes you on a lap through Tejano’s prime looking main line!
My heart goes out to all the trail builders down in Texas that have been dealing with crazy rains and flooding. The pictures that have been popping up on social media are hard to even look at. The ones above are from Graveyard and 9th Street, but I can tell you that Eastside and Tejano aren’t looking much better. I imagine that Red Box, Hush, and Ant Hills also look about the same. As bad as things are, I know the crews down there will get things sorted out and have the trails running better than ever. That’s the thing about trail builders, for the most part we are able to take the bad things that Mother Nature dishes out and turn them into positives. Sure it may entail more work than even we knew we could possibly do, but we get it done. Best of luck to everyone down there. If you happen to be in Texas sometime in the next few weeks, get in touch with someone at the trails down there and lend a hand. I’m sure they’ll appreciate it!
Jackson Jenkins hit up Tejano for some laps and came back with this quick edit. That place is looking like an absolute blast these days and Jackson flows the hell out of it!
I couldn’t be any happier to hear that the meeting the other day about the gate at the Tejano Trails went incredibly well. Not only does the gate get to stay, but the city is getting behind and supporting the trails even more. Here’s what Pepper had to say about it!
“Just want to say first Thank You for all yalls support about the gate at TejanoTrails Blue! Tonight we won! Bmx Trails all over won! The gate stays and not only that we are getting water spigots, weekly trash pick up and full city support! Cant say how lucky to be with a crew that presented how the gate 100% progresses trails and convinced the city to 100% back us on it!” -Pepper Goertz
Please spread the word that tonight’s meeting that was scheduled for 5pm at the Tejano Trails is no longer open to the public and will not be held at the trails. I don’t have any details other than what Pepper posted on FB about it, but I’ll update you all as soon as I do.
The big meeting about the gate at the Tejano Trails between the diggers, the city, and the public is set for 5pm tomorrow at the trails. Before I go any further, I want to encourage everyone in the Austin area to please be there to show your support. The locals need it, and I’m sure that it would be beyond appreciated.
This whole situation that has arisen around the gate that was put up at the trails can be traced back to one person, Ty Bement. You all unleashed an absolute shitstorm against him in the comments of the original post. I thought it was fucking awesome to see so many people rally behind the trails and speak out about the actions of the person putting them in jeopardy. I was curious though as to Ty’s reasoning for going to the city. I really didn’t expect a response from him when I told him to email me his side of the story, but surprisingly he did respond. According to him he was helping out other adults and kids who were also complaining about the gate limiting their access to the trails. His argument is that this limiting of access is unlawful since the trails are on public land.
My question is this. Why take things to the extreme and get the city involved rather than trying to work it out with the people digging out there? Hell, even if that meant coming to blows, it’s way more honorable than running and snitching to the city. Obviously the dudes digging out there had grown frustrated with things going on and felt the need to protect their work. This isn’t a football field or something that was built and is being maintained by the city. It’s a set of trails, that while may be public, only exist because of the voluntary work of the people out there digging. Do they have the right to protect their work from others who are not respecting it? Legally, I don’t know, but as a person who knows what it takes to build and maintain a set of trails, hell fucking yes they do. Only a person who either doesn’t understand how much work that takes, or one who is so selfish that they don’t care would ever jeopardize a spot by escalating things to the point of getting the city involved. Ty also mentioned in his email that “the trails are only in danger from the local riders that will quote level the place if the city takes the gate down.” I guess we’ll just have to wait and see about that one. If the city removing the gate means that the trails are going to inevitably die a slow death at the tires of idiots riding them dry, not fixing what they blow out, and doing the other stupid shit roaches do, then so be it. The guys digging brought the trails into this world and they have every right to take them out if they see fit. I don’t know if I’d put the effort into leveling the trails myself, but I have certainly had to walk away from more than one set of trails because of situations like that.
I do want to clear up one thing that according to Ty I had wrong in my original post. He says that he wasn’t teaching lessons at Tejano, as it’s too advanced for his students. Whether that is true or not is neither here nor there. He did indeed run crying to the city about the gate that was put up to keep people like him from unfairly taking advantage of other’s hard work. Honestly I hope that it is true though. I’d feel much better for the kids he’s teaching if they were’t being shown that it’s ok to come out to the trails and not give back to the spot that they’re riding.
It only takes one rotten apple to ruin it for the rest of the bunch. The putrid festering apple in this case goes by the name of Ty Bement. The locals at the Tejano Trails just outside Austin, Texas recently installed a gate out of growing frustrations stemming from Ty bringing kids to the trails to “teach them BMX.” You see, Ty charges parents an undisclosed amount of money to teach their kids this thing we call BMX. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, it’s the way he has gone about it that has upset a lot of people.
Long story short, he is benefitting financially from other people’s work without so much as offering to pick up a shovel to help contribute. It would be one thing if he consulted with the locals first and got their approval. Maybe a deal could have been worked out where he could have donated time digging or even tools for the trails in exchange for the local’s blessings for him to teach his lessons there. Unfortunately that’s not the case, and in a truly dick move he went and complained to the city about the gate that was installed to prevent him and other dry guys from riding the trails when they are being worked on. The city has now called for an immediate meeting with both the public and the diggers regarding the trails.
I don’t know if you can really get much lower than snitching to the city and risking the possible destruction of the trails over something like this. The meeting is scheduled for 5pm next Wednesday (February 4th) at the trails. Please come out and show your support if you’ll be around the Austin area next week. You can also help out by lending the locals a hand getting the trails cleaned up and looking their best for the meeting. Fingers crossed everything works out for the best!