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LetsBeHonest vernonfelton's article
Dec 18, 2017 at 5:52
Dec 18, 2017
IMBA Opposes Bill to Allow Mountain Bikes in Wilderness
https://www.change.org/p/board-imba-com-demand-that-imba-not-lobby-against-mountain-biking-in-wilderness This petition, started by the New England Mountain Bike Association and the San Diego Mountain Biking Association, demands that the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) cease its opposition to HR 1349, a bill that would allow mountain biking in Wilderness areas on a case-by-case basis. We demand that IMBA retract its public comment opposing HR 1349. IMBA's opposition to this bill is contrary to their stated mission to "enhance and protect great places to ride mountain bikes." We believe that IMBA should be supporting mountain bike access and not lobbying against it.  We believe that IMBA should be supporting mountain bike access and not lobbying against it. This will be delivered to David Wiens, Executive Director, and the IMBA Board of Directors. For more info visit http://www.sustainabletrailscoalition.org/
LetsBeHonest vernonfelton's article
Dec 14, 2017 at 6:17
Dec 14, 2017
IMBA Opposes Bill to Allow Mountain Bikes in Wilderness
T Arnold "It is time to seriously consider the relevance of IMBA in advocating for access for Mountain Bikers." Absolutely correct. IMBA has become tragically irrelevant; riders no longer support or believe in their ability to advocate for their interests. Do we burn it down and rebuild from the ashes, or do we launch a better organization? But it is critical to understand this: IMBA never has been a membership organization. Consider that the Board of Directors is self-elected (no member voting, nominations or input process). There is no process for "members" aka dues payers to provide input on policy making, i.e. e-bikes, bikes in Wilderness, etc. There are no task forces or committees for "members" to serve on to accomplish anything. IMBA is designed, on purpose, to be tone-deaf to dues payers. Surely mountain bikers deserve better?
LetsBeHonest vernonfelton's article
Dec 13, 2017 at 19:20
Dec 13, 2017
IMBA Opposes Bill to Allow Mountain Bikes in Wilderness
The San Diego Mountain Bike Association, an IMBA chapter, has called for IMBA's entire board of directors to resign! See https://sdmba.com/letter_to_imba_from_sdmba.php "As shown once again by IMBA’s recent stance on HR 1349, IMBA’s board is tone-deaf to the community and has too frequently taken controversial stances when claiming to represent mountain bike riders’ interests. Once again, SDMBA strongly calls for IMBA’s board to be replaced with elected mountain bike leaders with a strong, accomplished history of outstanding advocacy wins in favor of mountain biking. Unfortunately, the existing board has consistently failed to lead this organization as mountain bikers require."
LetsBeHonest vernonfelton's article
Dec 9, 2017 at 15:56
Dec 9, 2017
IMBA Opposes Bill to Allow Mountain Bikes in Wilderness
Dave Wiens, Executive Director of IMBA, responds today. What say ye? ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS ON BIKES IN WILDERNESS Posted: December 9, 2017 at 9:09:47 AM In: Access By: Dave Wiens 0 Comments Dear mountain bikers, This past week, IMBA took a stand that was unpopular with many mountain bikers when we submitted written testimony stating that we do not support HR 1349, a bill that would amend the Wilderness Act by reversing the ban on bicycles. We’d like to discuss this further with our members and the mountain biking community. IMBA takes seriously our role as the recognized national leader and a powerful voice for mountain biking. It is a monumental responsibility, especially during this politically divisive time. We considered the responsibilities of our leadership role, and our mission, in our submitted testimony on HR 1349. IMBA’s mission is to create, enhance and protect great places to ride mountain bikes. The word “protect” guided and motivated us and made it imperative that IMBA not be silent on this bill. We reaffirm our position today and below. Core to IMBA’s mission is being a catalyst for trail development all across the country—both close to population centers and in the epic, backcountry locations that define mountain biking for so many of us. This speaks to (among other things) public health and wellness, community economic prosperity and engaging youth. IMBA is positioning mountain biking at the highest levels in the United States as a solution addressing some of today’s most timely and important topics. A foundational element of our mission is our dedication to land protection and to working for new and creative ways to protect lands for mountain biking. We honor and recognize the fact that we are one of many user groups sharing our beloved trails. Collaboration and partnership are paramount to progress. Our organization has built and nurtured cherished working relationships with land management agencies over our 30-year existence. These partnerships have consistently delivered results, and IMBA will continue to respectfully work within the framework of these partnerships to further mountain biking. IMBA’s mission does not include amending the Wilderness Act and never has. In 2016, IMBA’s board of directors reaffirmed our position on this issue, which is to respect both the Act and the federal land agency regulations that bicycles are not allowed in existing, Congressionally designated Wilderness areas. This does not mean that we are content with the present situation on these vital and revered public lands. HR 1349 has raised this topic to a national level. How did we get here? Beginning nearly 30 years ago, a group of mountain bikers—organized as IMBA—found their way into U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and National Park Service planning processes and meetings: processes that the pioneers of the conservation movement in the 1960s and 70s realized they could influence. With a several-decade head start, the conservation organizations were less than thrilled to have two-wheeled, human-powered lovers of trails and public lands showing up and working hard to insert the voice of mountain biking into important conversations. Through our partnerships with federal land agencies (the decision makers), IMBA has made and continues to make an impact on trails and access to public lands. Over three decades of work, IMBA has earned the trust of land management agencies and incredible progress has been made; IMBA has been an integral part of opening up untold miles of trails to mountain biking; and IMBA has helped protect large tracts of our precious public lands. These efforts and partnerships have been, and continue to be, core to IMBA’s world. Believe me, I would like to see mountain bikers regain access to some Wilderness trails as much as anyone. However, we feel strongly that HR 1349, while addressing an important aspect of land protection reform (bicycles in Wilderness) is not in the best interest of mountain biking long-term. IMBA has great respect for any movement that gets more mountain bikers engaged in advocacy and in learning all aspects of complicated issues. Wilderness and land protection have always been difficult. Add in today’s political climate, and it becomes exponentially more difficult. This is not black and white and it’s far from over – no matter the outcome of HR 1349. We know that mountain bikers won’t always agree with our approach, and may choose not to support us. That’s okay. IMBA will continue to work for the long-term gains of mountain biking, just as we have for three decades. We are paying attention to your responses. Below, you’ll find answers from the IMBA team to the most common themes that are surfacing in the conversation online and in the media. This post will be updated as other important and relevant questions emerge. We invite you to read on and to check back for updates. Also, we plan to release a survey during the upcoming week as an additional way for your voice to be heard. Thank you. Dave Wiens, IMBA Executive Director
LetsBeHonest vernonfelton's article
Dec 8, 2017 at 20:50
Dec 8, 2017
IMBA Opposes Bill to Allow Mountain Bikes in Wilderness
If you want to really achieve effective change, consider at least one of the following actions: 1. Cancel your IMBA membership and demand a refund for the remainder of your term. If you simply choose not to renew, the "trickle effect" will take place over the next 11 months, depending on your renewal date, and won't have the gigantic impact that a massive, vocal exodus will be certain to have. Just email heather.bonewitz@imba.com with a cc: to David.wiens@imba.com and board@imba.com 2. Join the San Diego Mountain Biking Association in demanding the resignation of Executive Director Dave Wiens and every IMBA Board member. Post your demand on Facebook, Twitter, your club's website and Facebook page, and every mountain bike forum in the Western Hemisphere. Check out SDMBA,s Facebook page and website for more info on what they are calling for. 3. Don't give money to IMBA's DigIn campaign because they keep 20% of your contribution; passing 80% to the chapter or club projects. Give your contribution directly to the chapter or club where the real work is being done. 4. Write or email every member of IMBA's Board of Directors and tell them how you really feel about this issue and what you are going to do, i.e. Cancel your membership, lobby your chapter to leave the chapter program, not make any more contributions or donations, and boycott their sponsors. Find them at https://www.imba.com/about/board 5. Write or email IMBA's corporate sponsors, tell them how you feel and what you are going to do, and demand that they immediately withdraw their financial and public support of IMBA, it's Executive Director and Board of Directors. 6. Consider boycotting each and every sponsor that refuses to withdraw their support. The sponsors are listed at the bottom of the home page at www.imba.com. Start with Trek, Specialized and REI. 7. Start an online petition at change.org to accomplish #2, 5 and 6. 8. Get together with your mountain bike friends and burn all of your IMBA socks, shirts and hats. Post pics everywhere. Light em' up! 9. Finally, give very serious thought to what a new, much more effective and representative mountain bike organization should do and how it should be organized. Remember, no IMBA member can vote for a Board member or have any say about their policy positions. Shouldn't we do MUCH better? Post your ideas and suggestions on Pinkbike for all to see and consider! Other ideas fellow (real) mountain bikers?
LetsBeHonest vernonfelton's article
Dec 8, 2017 at 13:53
Dec 8, 2017
IMBA Opposes Bill to Allow Mountain Bikes in Wilderness
"Sadly I don’t think the IMBA is the right vehicle for that anymore, and the function of the STC is too limited. Perhaps a new organization needs to be founded?" Solid observation. IMBA died yesterday.They have once again proved their irrelevance and how out of sync they are with mountain bikers. IMBA is now just a self-elected Board of Directors with heavy industry backgrounds and paradigms, plus 18 staff that are desperately seeking relevance as the chapter program has failed to be financially sustainable. It's past time to assess what mountain bikers need and want today; NOT 20+ years ago.
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