Mountain Biker Participation Needed for America's Great Outdoors Listening Sessions
The White House Initiative on America's Great Outdoors, or AGO, is coming to a town near you, with public listening sessions slated for July and August. The topics include land conservation, outdoor recreation and public health -- topics that mountain bikers care about deeply. These sessions pose a great opportunity for mountain bikers to help shape national policies on recreation and conservation.
One of the stated AGO goals is to inspire Americans to support community-based efforts. Because IMBA-affiliated clubs are often at the forefront of such initiatives it's important to attend these sessions and ensure our efforts get noticed.
Four federal agencies, including the Department of the Interior, will host the sessions. Some will be open to the public while others are by invitation only. Please stay tuned to IMBA's home page for information on dates and locations as it becomes available.
Talking points to consider raising during the sessions include the following:
- Mountain bikers want to see the forests and mountains where we ride protected in their natural state, with clean air and clean water.
- Bicycling draws young people to outdoor activities and improves their stewardship of public lands as adults.
- Bicycling is a sustainable, low-impact activity and a viable economic redevelopment option for many communities.
If you would like more information or guidance on representing mountain bikers' concerns at the sessions, please send a message to info [at] imba [dot] com">info [at] imba [dot] com.