Second Science Symposium
January 18 - 21, 2005
SOD Bike Tire Scrubber
Peter Thut, Rocky Chavez, Desaree Williams, Sibdas Ghosh, Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA 94901; firstname.lastname@example.org; Lisa Baird, Department of Biology, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA 92110; Mietek Kolipinski, National Park Service, Pacific West Regional Office, Oakland, CA 94607; Bruce Badzik, National Park Service, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Rafael, CA, CA 94123.
This scrubber is intended for areas without electricity, pressurized water, or personnel and must be affordable, simple to operate, and easy to maintain at trailheads. The current design is essentially a trough of tough bristles through which the rider walks their bike. The motion of the bike provides all the power.
In preliminary tests 75% of the adhered sediment is removed from the tire tread. Comparison with a competing design is discussed and recommendations for installation at trailheads are made. This scrubber is suggested as part of an overall system of reducing invasive species transport by humans.
| Coordinated by:
USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station
University of California Integrated Hardwood Range Management Program,
Center for Forestry, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and
California Oak Mortality Task Force
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