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U.S. Geological Survey Partnering with IMBA and MTB Project

U.S. Geological Survey Partnering with IMBA and MTB Project

For Immediate Release 12/4/2014
Contact Mark Eller
IMBA Communications Director
303-545-9011 x115

Alternate Contacts: U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communications and Publishing
Mark Newell, 573-308-3850
Brian Fox, 303-202-4141

Through a partnership with IMBA and MTB Project.com, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)—a division of the Department of the Interior—will add mountain bike trails to upcoming map products on a state-by-state basis. The partnership between the USGS and IMBA/MTB Project will facilitate high-quality trail data on official USGS map products, including “The National Map” and US Topo quadrangles, which are official repositories of data and are used to inform countless other mapping products.

Over the past two years, IMBA and the MTB Project team have been working closely together to build a comprehensive mountain bike trails database. To date, the effort has catalogued more than 35,000 miles of trails, and allows IMBA chapters, members, and the general public to provide detailed trail data and descriptions via the MTB Project website. MTB Project and IMBA verify the quality, accurateness and legality of all trail data provided. This successful crowdsourcing effort has provided mountain bike trail data through mobile and web apps and, soon, improved US Topo maps.

“This is a significant step for USGS. National datasets of trails do not yet exist, and in many areas even local datasets do not exist,” said Brian Fox of the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center. “Finding, verifying and consolidating data is expensive. Partnering with non-government organizations that collect trails data through crowdsourcing is a great solution. This agreement is the first example of such a partnership for US Topo content, and we're looking forward to expanding the number of trails available as the MTB Project contributions grow.”

“IMBA is stoked to have MTB Project data included on U.S. Topo maps as well as other USGS mapping products,” said Leslie Kehmeier, IMBA Mapping Specialist. “It’s a really big deal for us, and reflects the success of the partnership we've developed with the MTB Project team to provide a valuable and credible resource for mountain bike trails across the country.”

The 2014 editions of official USGS products covering Arizona will be the first maps to feature the trail data. Arizona will be followed in order by Nebraska, Missouri, Nevada, California, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Mississippi, Vermont, Wyoming, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Illinois, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Florida, Alaska (partial), and the Pacific Territories in 2015.

US Topo maps can be downloaded using the Map Locator and Downloader.

To be a part of IMBA’s crowd sourcing effort and to help get mountain bike trails onto US Topo maps, be sure to share trail data, descriptions, and ratings on http://www.mtbproject.com/.

USGS Disclaimer: Any use of trade, firm or product names does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. No warranty, expressed or implied, is made by the USGS or the U.S. Government as to the accuracy and functioning of the commercial software programs cited in this Technical Announcement, and the U.S. Government shall not be held liable for improper or incorrect use of the USGS National Map Topographic Data employing these software programs.

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