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International Mountain Bicycling Association

IMBA California Singletrack eNews

11.19.2008
Boulder, Colorado

Important Forest Service Directives Distance Bicycling From Motorized Uses
The U.S. Forest Service is taking important steps to differentiate mountain biking from motorized use. Fresh revisions to administrative directives include important new language clarifying bicycling as a non-motorized activity. This comes on the heels of a landmark internal memo on the same topic, announced at the IMBA World Summit in June. With more than 130,000 miles of trails, the Forest Service provides some of the best riding on both coasts, and nearly everywhere in between. "Mountain biking is incredibly popular in national forests and we believe it's appropriate to clarify the distinction between mountain biking and motorized use. Better policies will foster improved partnerships and riding experiences," says IMBA Executive Director Mike Van Abel.

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Successful Multi-User Trailwork Event in Nevada County
In October, Bicyclists of Nevada County (BONC) teamed up with local equestrian, environmental, high school and motorized groups for a full weekend of singletrack building as we re-routed the Pioneer Trail away from existing fireroad sections. Over 100 volunteers pitched in as we built outstanding swoopy singletrack though the Tahoe National Forest. Special kudos to the motorized group Nevada County Woods Riders, as they contributed more volunteers than anyone, even though this trail is closed to motorized traffic. In Nevada County, mountain bikers enjoy a special cooperative relationship between different user groups and work hard to preserve this culture of trail collaboration. Learn more at bonc.org.

Gateway Trails Bring Mountain Biking to Community Settings
IMBA is drawing on decades of accumulated trailbuilding expertise to offer a new model for community-based mountain bike trails. Dubbed Gateway Trails (PDF file), these trail systems will bring mountain biking recreation closer to millions of potential riders. Gateway Trails can be built in small parks - next to greenways, playgrounds and ball-fields - to broaden the recreational offerings in suburban and urban communities. Gateway Trails provide a friendly introduction to mountain biking for novice riders. Newcomers build skills with each turn of the handlebars; as they traverse the natural world, they strengthen their muscles and build self-esteem. By incorporating family-style natural surface trails, bike skills areas and engaging signage, Gateway Trails can stimulate a new generation of bicyclists and outdoor enthusiasts.

Support IMBA's Annual Fund!
As 2008 draws to a close, we see ample cause to celebrate our many accomplishments, and to evaluate new opportunities for creating great riding experiences. Despite economic turbulence and change afoot in Washington, DC, we are certain that IMBA is poised for unprecedented success in the months ahead. We passionately believe that your donation will bring substantial results for you and your community. Will you include IMBA in your year-end giving to fuel new places to ride in 2009?

San Francisco Urban Riders Blog on "The Future of the Sport"
"As they spin around and through, the children's faces lit up with enthusiasm and glee, then grew focused and intense as they concentrated on riding the line, or just focused on riding. It was a non-stop whirlwind of children playing through our home-made skills park, loving every minute of it. Some fell down, all got back up. Some rode fast, and others slow ... Read More.

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