The deadline to apply for a 2012 Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew visit is Friday, Nov. 4. Don’t miss the opportunity to work with these skilled field experts — check out recent examples of their outstanding work:
New Epics and Ride Centers Announced in the Fall Edition of Trail News
The fall edition of Trail News, IMBA’s print newsletter, is on its way to mailboxes. All IMBA members receive complimentary copies of this 16-page, full-color magazine, packed with mountain bike stories (and no ads). Look for a 4-page update on IMBA’s Model Trails program, including six Ride Centers (one in Oregon) and five new Epics.
New Gear and Discounts at IMBA’s Online Store
IMBA’s online store now features several great new offerings, including a premium-quality wool jersey. You’ll also find holiday gifts for riders, new women’s gear and big discounts (up to 40 percent) on summer items. Don’t forget to login to ensure you receive your member’s discount.
Federal Bike Programs Under Attack Again
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is the latest Senator to call for the destruction of the Transportation Enhancements (TE), including the Recreational Trails Program that means so much to mountain bikers. On Nov. 1, the Senate will finalize the transportation appropriations bill, which sets funding levels for FY2012. Contact your senators, and remind them that TE programs represents less than two percent of the Federal transportation program. They also improve public safety, get people active and create more jobs per dollar than highway-only projects.
2011 Take a Kid MTBing Celebration a Success
Saturday, Oct. 1, marked the eighth celebration of IMBA’s Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day. Recognized across the globe with over 230 events registered — including rides in Australia, Canada, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico and South Africa. New for 2011, IMBA requested participants to post photos and videos to our Facebook page, qualifying them to win raffled rewards. Grand prize winners Adele Kofler (VA) and Steph Dorney (PA) received new Specialized kids bikes — congratulations to them, and to all the kids who rode with IMBA!
IMBA Drives Toward Mountain Bike Expansions at Ski Areas
Two recent developments point toward exciting oppotunities for increased mountain biking at U.S. ski resorts. First, the Senate passed a bill that establishes ski areas’ ability to create facilities for summer activities — IMBA has testified in favor of the legislation on several occasions. The second development was the announcement of a formal partnership between IMBA and the National Ski Areas Association, designed to bring more and better trails to resorts.
Conservation Alliance Grants $20K to Develop Bike-Friendly Land Protection
The Conservation Alliance recently granted $20K to help IMBA develop bike-friendly land protection in Colorado’s White River National Forest. “This sends a powerful message to mountain bikers and conservationists everywhere that there is nothing inimical about those terms,” said Peter Metcalf, the CEO and President of Black Diamond Equipment and a longtime leader in the Conservation Alliance.
IMBA Forms Alliance With University and Military Outdoor Programs
IMBA recently signed an partnership agreement with the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE), representing more than 400 university, college and military member outdoor recreation/education programs. The goal is to boost mountain biking and trails stewardship within these programs while fostering awareness for IMBA’s work. IMBA staffers Rich Cook and Chris Bernhardt will speak at the AORE annual conference in San Antonio, Nov. 3-5, and IMBA members receive a 10-percent discount on summit registration.