It’s time for MWBA members to swap our trail work hard hats for our advocacy caps. You need to speak up. IMBA needs to hear your opinion. Your voice matters.
For the first time in many years, there is a divide in the mountain biking community. Two respectable mountain bike advocacy organizations are not seeing eye to eye for mountain bike access in Wilderness areas. Sustainable Trails Coalition (STC) and International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) shared different strategies on Wilderness and this has been the topic of discussion at meetings, conference calls, trailheads, and bike shops.
As an IMBA chapter, the Mount Wilson Bicycling Association has been vocal about what IMBA should be doing on behalf of its membership. MWBA strongly feels that IMBA should support STC and the two organizations need to work together. We have raised our voices to IMBA leadership and have requested a formal survey to ensure that their Advocacy Plan is aligned with their members views. We are encouraged to hear that IMBA listened to our feedback and is now working on such a survey. Stay tuned and stay a member to be included in the upcoming survey.
Our MWBA board believes there is space for multiple mountain bike advocacy organizations. We must all stand together, as a united front, to protect and restore mountain bike access.
Below are a number of website articles about this issue. We encourage you to read with an open mind and form your individual opinion.
What are your thoughts? Please take a moment to share your opinion with IMBA about mountain biking in Wilderness areas. Make your voice heard. YOU really can make a difference.
I write to you as a mountain biker and a member of the MWBA organization regarding IMBA’s public position to not support STC’s decision to lobby Congress to alter the Wilderness Act to allow for local land managers to determine if bicycles should be permitted.
I believe the strategy currently employed by STC is the most direct and a good course of action of furthering our goal of gaining/not losing our access to the trails. I urge IMBA to stand in solidarity with STC and represent the wishes of the mountain biking community at large and their respective IMBA chapters. I am concerned that IMBA’s lack of public support for STC will only divide our community and make our voices ineffective to not only the organizations IMBA is currently trying to maintain good relations with e.g. The Wilderness Society and The Sierra Club, but also to the law makers.
Though greatly appreciated, I believe that fighting the fires that pop up across the country is not the most effective way for IMBA to advocate on our behalf. I urge IMBA to listen to its constituents and advocate on behalf of them, by being inclusive of the efforts put forth by organizations such as STC to increase our chances of access in areas that are appropriate for mountain bikers.
I urge IMBA to send a clear and unified message that the mountain bike community is organized and united, by supporting STC’s goals.