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Public Lands Initiative: Year Two Report

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For Immediate Release 5-16-2012

Contact kristy [at] imba [dot] com (Kristy Kibler)

IMBA Government Affairs Coordinator

The 2012 Bicycle Leadership Conference marked two years since the day 40 bicycle industry companies offered up half of a million dollars in less than two hours. They did it to fund IMBA's aggressive plan to foster bicycle-friendly conservation policies on public lands across the United States — the Public Lands Initiative (PLI).

At the recent gathering in Monterey, CA, IMBA shared dozens of successes related to the work of the PLI. Below is a snapshot of the impact the PLI has seen in its first two years. View the full report and the list of 36 campaigns nationwide.

Before The PLI After The PLI

8 loosely organized campaigns .......................................

12 IMBA-trained volunteer advocates ..............................

2 bike-friendly Wilderness proposals ...............................

1,700 miles of trail facing closure due to Wilderness .........

36 well-organized campaigns

105 IMBA-trained volunteer advocates

14 bike-friendly Wilderness proposals

200 miles of trails facing closure due to Wilderness

The PLI has protected or expanded at least 2,762 miles of trail for mountain bikers to enjoy.

As IMBA moves forward into the PLI's third year, we need your help to keep the momentum going. To be successful, IMBA must continue building the resources that allow us to counter the large and well-organized groups that want to restrict bicycling on public lands.

To the original PLI sponsors, thank you! Your support helped IMBA and its affiliates begin to re-write mountain biking's history on public lands.

  • Advanced Sports International/Fuji
  • Aero Tech Designs Cyclewear
  • B & L Bikeshop
  • Bicycle Dealer magazine
  • Bicycle Retailer & Industry News magazine
  • Bicycle Sport Shop- Austin, TX
  • Bikes Belong Coalition
  • CamelBak
  • Campagnolo/Fulcrum
  • CatEye
  • Cycle Therapy
  • DeFeet
  • Feedback Sports
  • FOX Racing Shox
  • GORE Bike Wear/GORE RideOn Cable Systems
  • Haro Bikes
  • Hayes Disc Brake
  • Hydrapak
  • Interbike
  • Palo Alto Bicycles
  • Park Tool
  • Performance Bicycle
  • Polar Bottle
  • Primal Wear
  • Quality Bicycle Products (QBP)
  • Raleigh/Diamondback
  • Shimano
  • Sidi America
  • Skip Hess
  • SOAR Communications
  • Specialized
  • SRAM
  • The Hawley Company
  • The Wellness Agency
  • Thule
  • Trek Bicycle
  • Vitesse Cycle Shop
  • Wheel & Sprocket
  • Wilderness Trail Bikes (WTB)

If you didn't get a chance to be a part of the original 40, but would like to help IMBA with this important work in the years ahead, it's not too late to add your support. Please contact Wendy Kerr at anytime to contribute and be a part of trail history.