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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 MTB Project and how does it relate to the National Trails Database?

How is the information on MTB Project reviewed? What's the process?

Why should I get involved?

How do I get started?

IMBA and USGS

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

 

What is the mapping program?

The IMBA Mapping Program, launched in early 2012, is a nationwide (and eventually worldwide) effort to create an on-line database of mountain bike routes. This resource is free and available to IMBA’s vast network of membership and supporters, serving as an effective tool for IMBA's mountain bike advocacy work.

What is MTB Project and how does it relate to the National Trails Database?

IMBA is partnering with MTB Project, a trails website that was launched in the spring of 2013. The site has over 35,000 miles of mountain bike trail documented and is growing every day. MTB Project serves as the foundation for the National Trails database, a tool for IMBA's advocacy efforts.

Why should I get involved?

IMBA will have full access to trails information provided through MTB Project to help make decisions about the protection of existing trails as well as future trail development. In addition, adding trails to MTB Project is also a great way to showcase the work and riding experiences that local groups are responsible for creating.

How is the information on MTB Project reviewed? What's the process?

Every piece of information submitted to the MTB Project website is reviewed by the IMBA/MTB Project team for consistency, accuracy and legitimacy. Specifically, the trails information is verified through various means with its managing land agency.

How do I get started?

Get out and ride! When you're ready to upload information to the MTB Project website, get started here. If you get stuck or have questions, contact IMBA Mapping Specialist leslie [dot] kehmeier [at] imba [dot] com (Leslie Kehmeier) or IMBA Mapping Representatives brian [dot] smith [at] imba [dot] com (Brian Smith) and tom [dot] robson [at] imba [dot] com (Tom Robson) for assistance.

IMBA and USGS

IMBA and MTB Project partnered with USGS in the fall of 2014 to provide mountain bike trails data to the US Topo program as well as The National Map. More information here.

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

  • Contributing to MTB Project is an opportunity for your local area to provide the best information possible about the trails/trail systems you build and maintain.
  • MTB Project maps can be embedded into your website, making it possible to store information in one place while showcasing your local trail system.
  • 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.
  • What GIS/mapping resources are available for chapters, clubs and general membership?

    • MTB Project website – contributions are encouraged and recommended. Information on this website will showcase the work that is being done throughout North America and beyond.
    • 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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