IMBA is the voice of mountain biking in Washington, DC, ensuring mountain bikers are well represented on Capitol Hill, in federal land agency headquarters and across multi-organization coalitions. IMBA's work in DC helps our affiliated clubs secure better funding, more trails and improved policies for mountain biking nationwide.
Launched in 1999 as Bikes Belong, PeopleForBikes includes both an industry coalition of bicycling suppliers and retailers, as well as a charitable foundation and network of individual members. Over the years, People For Bikes has spent more than $30 million to make bicycling better. It has invested $2.1 million in community bicycling projects and leveraged more than $654 million in federal, state, and private funding. People for Bikes is a major supporter of IMBA's work.
Federal Land Management Agencies
In the U.S., IMBA has national memoranda of understanding with the National Park Service, Forest Service U.S.D.A., Bureau of Land Management and the Army Corps of Engineers. These formal agreements have enhanced mountain biking at the national and local levels and given our affiliate clubs the ability to create new partnerships and trails. IMBA also works closely with the Federal Highway Administration and its Recreational Trails Program to build trails and educate trailbuilders.
Adventure Travel Trade Association
The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) is driven to help adventure tourism businesses and destinations worldwide succeed. They serve over 800 members, generating opportunities that drive new customers, lower costs and increase returns on investment. They implement industry standards, face and address thorny issues, tackle initiatives that get adventure travel in front of the mainstream culture, and work to get others who should be investing in this industry educated about who the adventure traveler is, and the responsibilities we share to protect the people and places we visit. The ATTA works to ensure the sustainable development of the adventure tourism industry, with sights set on people, planet and profit.
League of American Bicyclists
The League of American Bicyclists is dedicated to lead the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. Their commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change. Members of the League include transportation cycling advocacy organizations of all sizes. IMBA advises the League's Bicycle Friendly Communities program.
Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE)
AORE provides opportunities for professionals and students in the field of outdoor recreation and education to exchange information, promote the preservation and conservation of the natural environment, and address issues common to college, university, community, military, and other not-for-profit outdoor recreation and education programs. IMBA and AORE formed an alliance in 2011 to promote each others educational offerings and to support outdoor programs in devloping mountain bike resources and a connection to bike and trails advocacy.
Coalition for Recreational Trails
The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) is a federation of national and regional trail-related organizations that secured $350 million for dirt trails around the country in 2005. Its members work together to build awareness and understanding of the Recreational Trails Program, which returns federal gasoline taxes paid by off-highway recreationists to the states for trail development and maintenance.
Conservation System Alliance
Comprising 26 million acres of the BLM's most important scenic, historic and cultural landscapes, the Conservation System has yet to be congressionally recognized. Included in these lands are important areas for mountain biking in Fruita, Colorado and California's King Range. IMBA supports efforts of the Conservation System Alliance to raise the profile of these lands and their importance to the recreation and conservation communities.
Outdoor Alliance Coalition
The Outdoor Alliance, a coalition of six organizations, lobbies for legislation to improve recreational experiences for its individual members and the larger human-powered recreation community. Member organizations represent 100 million mountain bikers, hikers, kayakers, canoeists, backcountry skiers and climbers and include IMBA, the Access Fund, American Canoe Association, American Whitewater and Winter Wildlands Alliance.
National Ski Areas Association (NSAA)
The National Ski Areas Association is the trade association for ski area owners and operators. It represents 321 alpine resorts that account for more than 90 percent of the skier/snowboarder visits nationwide. Additionally, it has over 400 supplier members who provide equipment, goods and services to the mountain resort industry. NSAA and IMBA signed an MOU in 2011 aimed at increasing visitation and improving mountain bike experiences during the summer season at ski areas. IMBA provides ski areas with mountain biking expertise and resources including trail consulting, signage, and guides on risk management for mountain bike operations.
Professional Ski Instructors of America/American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI)
The Professional Ski Instructors of America/American Association of Snowboard Instructors is a nonprofit education association dedicated to promoting the sports of skiing and snowboarding through instruction. With more than 31,500 members, PSIA-AASI establishes certification standards for snowsports instructors and develops education materials to be used as the core components of instructor training. PSIA-AASI lobbies for legislation to improve recreational experiences for its individual members and the larger human-powered recreation community, including mountain bikers. Since the Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act was signed into law in 2011, ski area operators have greatly expanded mountain bike use on ski slopes. The result has been a steady increase in ski area visits in the summer, and new employment opportunities for ski and snowboard instructors.
American Trail Running Association/US Trail Running Conference
The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) serves the trail and mountain running community. Its mission is to represent and promote trail and mountain running. The association hosts an annual Estes Trail Ascent/US Trail Running Conference for trail race directors and trail runners in Colorado. Trail running is the second most popular cross training sport for mountain bikers. IMBA is an association partner and provides information on mountain biking for all runners.