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Mapping FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About the IMBA Mapping Program

IMBA's mapping program receives generous support from Shimano.

What is the mapping program?

What is the National Trails Database and how can I get involved?

Why should I get involved?

How do I get involved?Who is using mtbproject?

Where in the world are we mapping trails right now?

What if my area already has its own maps, why should I contribute?

What is Geostories and how is it different from mtbproject?

How do I publish a GeoStory?

What GIS/mapping resources are available for chapters, clubs and general membership?

What is the mapping program?

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.

What is the National Trails Database and how can I get involved?

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.

Why should I get involved?

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.

How do I get involved?

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.

Who is using the partner website?

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.

Where in the world are we mapping trails right now?

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.

What if my area already has its own maps, why should I contribute?

 

  • Providing content to the partner website is encouraged but not mandatory
  • Contributing is an opportunity for your local area to provide the best information possible about your trails/trail systems.
  • Chapters will be recognized through their provided content with a link to their website, in addition to a logo on the trail/ride page.
  • IMBA and the partner website is a collaboration that will increase the visibility for trails in your area by engaging a national and international audience.
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    What is Geostories and how is it different from the partner website?

    How do I publish a GeoStory?

    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.

    What GIS/mapping resources are available for chapters, clubs and general membership?

    • 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.

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