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Even though we’re traveling teachers, it’s rare that we work with a bicycling advocacy organization that doesn’t teach us something. Every organization - big or small, young or old - has creative and innovative ideas. We strive to incorporate this knowledge into our presentations and workshops. The Trail Care Crew programs end up being an amalgamation of success stories and lessons learned from advocacy organizations around the country.

Sometimes, though, we work with a group that might very well teach us more than we can teach them. Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition out of Harrisonburg was our latest host, and working with them was definitely a piece of cake.

We often get asked for examples of good clubs for other organizations to use as models and learn from. Here are a couple that we’ve worked with in the past and who have taught us a thing or two. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but a few clubs with whom we've worked that have left a mark on us. Check out their websites for examples of good outreach, fundraising, marketing, public involvement and event ideas:

Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition (Harrisonburg, VA)

Birmingham Urban Mountain Peddlers (Birmingham, AL)

Trails Have Our Respect (Omaha, NE)

Gateway Off-Road Cyclists (St. Louis, MO)

Northwest Trail Alliance (Portland, OR)

Folsom Auburn Trail Riders Action Coalition (Auburn, CA)

SORBA Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)

Monterey Off Road Cycling Association (Monterey, CA)

Genessee Regional Off-Road Cyclists (Rochester, NY)

Appalachian Mountain Bike Club (Knoxville, TN)

Upstate SORBA (Greenville, SC)

And a million thanks to SVBC for a fun and productive weekend - here are a few shots from our trailbuilding project at Massanutten Resort.

 

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Trail Care Crew visit to Harrisonburg, VA.

Thanks to Morgan, Steve and IMBA for making Harrisonburg a stop on the Trail Care Crew's busy schedule. I encourage any club, no matter the size, level or experience to support IMBA and try to host the IMBA Trail Care Crew. IMBA has helped our organization on so many levels, we would not have the success we have had with out crews like Morgan and Steve.

Thomas Jenkins
Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition!

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