Frequently Asked Questions About the IMBA Mapping Program
IMBA's mapping program receives generous support from Shimano.
The IMBA Mapping Program, launched in early 2012, is a nationwide (and eventually worldwide) GIS/Mapping system that encompasses natural surface bike-friendly trails. This resource will be free and available to IMBA’s vast network of membership and supporters and will be an effective communication tool for telling the story of mountain biking experiences throughout the world. The IMBA Mapping Program is a multi-year project and will eventually support the mapping and publishing of information about thousands of miles of multi-use bike trails. The resource and associated tools will range from finding great places to ride to identifying needs and courses of action for preservation and advocacy.
IMBA is partnering with a new trails website that is currently under development with an estimated launch in the spring of 2013. During this time Chapters are encouraged to provide content for their trails/trail systems as well as feedback about the partner website.
IMBA will have full access to trails information provided through the partner website. Beyond a ‘where to ride’ resource, the mapping information will be useful in other mapping-related projects and will help make decisions about the protection of existing trails as well as future trail development.
If you're interested in adding your trails and rides to the partner website, contact IMBA Mapping Specialist leslie [dot] kehmeier [at] imba [dot] com (Leslie Kehmeier) to get started.You will need to have a Facebook login to participate.
We are tapping IMBA Chapters, IMBA affiliated clubs and supporters to build content on the partner website before it goes live. These groups have the best knowledge of the trails in their local areas.
The site will focus on US first, but will expand to Canada eventually. A handful of Canadian rides will be published when the partner website launches.
- GeoStories is a multi-media publishing platform created by National Geographic Maps. For a current list of IMBA GeoStories go to: http://www.geostories.org/portal/player/partner/international-mountain-bicycling-association/ges7BD42D5BEA173C73D
- Geostories is highly versitle, functioning as a stand-alone web page, or a component that can be embedded other websites.
- IMBA partnering with National Geographic Maps to tell selected stories about trails and their supporting communities.
- GeoStories will be used to showcase international trail projects and advocacy work.
Contact IMBA Mapping Specialist leslie [dot] kehmeier [at] imba [dot] com (Leslie Kehmeier) or Communications Director mark [dot] eller [at] imba [dot] com (Mark Eller) for more information.
- New trails website – contributions are encouraged and recommended. Information on this website will showcase the work that is being done throughout the US and Canada.
- ArcGIS on-line – provide access to this GIS/Mapping software for Chapters who would like to do simple mapping projects and utilize maps on their websites.
- Mapping assistance – Assistance/guidance from IMBA. Contact IMBA Mapping Specialist leslie [dot] kehmeier [at] imba [dot] com (Leslie Kehmeier) or Communications Director mark [dot] eller [at] imba [dot] com (Mark Eller) for more information
The IMBA Mapping Program is generously supported by Shimano.