Shown here is Mike Van Abel (IMBA’s President and Executive Director) explaining the importance of local IMBA chapters and local volunteers. We reached out to IMBA for some additional info and IMBA’s Development Director, Rich Cook gave us his feedback.
Mtbr.com: How is IMBA doing? Are member numbers up? Funding is up?
Rich Cook: “IMBA is doing well with membership showing 22% growth year over year 2011-2012. Overall IMBA is growing with seven full time professional regional directors now helping out around the country. Overall funding is up, which is good for mountain biking.”
Mtbr.com: What are IMBA’s plans for 2013?
Rich Cook: “Increase the number of locally accessible trails and bike parks. Leading the charge to maintain and preserve bike access on public land when bike closures are threatened.”
Mtbr.com: What can the average mountain biker (or Mtbr online community member) do for IMBA? Join IMBA? Trail work? Join/start a club or chapter?
Rich Cook: “All those things are great. Start by registering for local and regional news about the trails and activities in their area, tap into the network and see what’s going on. IMBA now has 10 different regional e-news monthly with stories about riding, events, trails and conditions near you.” http://www.imba.com/alerts-news
So there you have it. Helping out starts with a simple email sign-up and can expand from there. Keeping trails open and accessible is something that affects ALL mountain bikers, so do your part to help out. Thanks to all the folks who helped contribute to this article.