IMBA: International Mountain Bike Association

Hey all! Thought I’d take another brief moment here to mention IMBA. For those of you not familiar with the organization, it stands for “International Mountain Bike Association”. Think of it as, the mountain bike version of Surfrider Foundation. There’s IMBA on a (inter)national level, as well as local chapters. For the Hawaii people, we have a chapter right here on Oahu! We are known as the Oahu Mountain Bike Ohana (aka OMTBO), and Maui has a chapter too (Maui Mountain Bike Coalition, I think?).

IMBA, much like Surfrider Foundation, is an amazing organization that promotes responsible trail usage and maintenance, education, conservation and sustainability, trail access, trail advocacy, and great experiences on a bike.

In a week, I will be at the IMBA World Summit 2014 in Steamboat Springs Colorado. It’s a biennial event they have where chapters from all over congregate together and talk about awesome things, share ideas, learn, and of course ride trails as well! I’ll definitely be writing about this event in the IMBA section of my blog, when I get there, so stay tuned!

Meanwhile, if you’re not already a member, I highly encourage you to join. It doesn’t even matter whether you’re a “mountain biker” or not. If you like to hike, climb, ride a bike anywhere, or enjoy the outdoors in general, public trail access is crucial to our happiness and well-being. 🙂 and that’s just a portion of what an IMBA chapter does.

When you join through the website, you can choose a local chapter, so that your membership dollars go directly to support your area. So there you have it! Check out http://www.imba.com if you want to learn more about the organization, and to join.

Meanwhile, I can’t wait to get to Steamboat Springs! Yippee!! 😀

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