Action Alert: New Forest Service eMTB Rules
The California mountain bike community will virtually gather in November for two advocacy training workshops to discuss the best approaches and strategies for policies that impact mountain biking. Additionally we will explore how these strategies can be applied to current issues and active legislation. There will be a 30 minute Q&A at the end of each session.
The focus of the first session will include a brief overview of the legislative process, defining the tools for success, and the importance of working together toward common goals. The second webinar will review current policies and legislative proposals and how best to ensure mountain bike voices are present.
The advocacy workshops will feature speakers from various California mountain bike organizations, including the new California Mountain Bike Coalition, in addition to IMBA Government Affairs staff. Those who are mountain bikers, work at a local bike shop or are engaged in the bike industry—particularly in California—are encouraged to sing up and attend. This advocacy workshop series is no cost to registrants thanks to the generosity of Patagonia.
Week 1, Tuesday November 10th, 12-1:30 p.m. PST: IMBA staff will cover the steps of the legislative process as well as offensive and defensive tools used in public land planning. A panel of advocates representing California IMBA Local Partners and Outdoor Alliance will discuss their experiences building partnerships to advance legislation.
Week 2, Tuesday November 17th, 12-1:30 p.m. PST: Week 2 will use case studies to put the strategies covered in week 1 into working context. IMBA Local Partners will present on the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act, the Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act, the Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act, the San Gabriel Mountain Foothills and Rivers Protections Act, and the California 30 by 30 Plan.
Speakers include Todd Keller and Aaron Clark with IMBA's Government Affairs team, Mike Anzalone with California Mountain Biking Coalition (CAMTB), Connor Culhane with Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers (CCCMB), Tom Phillips with Redwood Coast Mountain Bike Association (RCMBA), Steve Messer with Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association (CORBA), Dillon Osleger with SAGE Trails Alliance, and Katie Hawkins with Outdoor Alliance California.