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10 Things IMBA Canada did for Mountain Biking in 2010

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Here is a list of the top 10 things IMBA Canada did for mountain bikers in 2010!

1. Built incredible trails

Our trailbuilding professionals teamed with IMBA Canada partners, clubs, and volunteers across the nation to build and design more sustainable, fun-to-ride singletrack than ever before. This fall, more than 145 km of trail was designed in Crowsnest Pass, AB alone.

And thanks to members like you, the 2010 Canadian Trailbuilding Fund helped to support five pro-bono trail projects, including consultations with the National Capital Commission, the Town of Tilsonburg, ON and the Grand River Conservation Authority, among others.

2. Organized advocates at the provincial level

In September, 2010 IMBA Canada launched the Canadian Regional Leadership Advisory Council program to coordinate our efforts and expand our reach by bridging the gap between local IMBA Canada affiliated clubs and IMBA Canada’s national office. With support from Mountain Equipment Co-op, RLACs facilitate communication and networking between IMBA Canada affiliated clubs within a region, and provide IMBA Canada with representation on a provincial level.

3. Put a Canadian Trail Care Crew on the road

No IMBA program has touched more people, or improved more trail miles than the Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crews, now in their 14th year in the United States. Every week their mobile classrooms bring together trail enthusiasts of all stripes to learn about sustainable trail design and work together side by side.

Thanks to partners Parks Canada and Trans Canada Trail, 2010 was the year to put our very own Canadian crew on the road. The IMBA Canada Trail Care Crew meets with trail groups and land managers and spreads the word about IMBA Canada. To read more, check out the 2010 Trail Care Crew Impact Report.

4. Made your voice heard

IMBA Canada staff and representatives provided a voice for mountain bikers at the Parks Canada National Assessment on Mountain Biking in March, resulting in new opportunities and guidelines for the activity in our National Parks, Historic Sites and Marine Conservation Areas.

5. Put kids on bikes

The 2010 edition of the International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day was by far our biggest and most successful yet, with more than 1,500 Canadian kids participating, and close to 21,000 worldwide!

6. Parked a bike at the table

In November, IMBA Canada’s executive director attended the National Trails Leadership Roundtable on behalf of Canadian mountain bikers — ensuring our place in the trails community, as national collaboration and strategies are developed.

7. Rallied the bike industry

From the largest manufacturers to the smallest retail shops, IMBA has built a great network of supporters in the bike industry who work together to raise funds and keep trails open to bikes. IMBA Canada rallied the bike industry to work more closely with advocates and riders at the 2010 Decline Symposium in Whistler.

8. Invested in new technology

Last spring, IMBA Canada upgraded our back-end system (CMS for you techies), allowing us to better store, manage, and interact with our members and website users. The new system also allows members to log in to check their membership status and customize how we communicate with them.

9. Cultivated partnerships to expand our reach

We’ve continued to grow and develop our national partnerships with Parks Canada and the National Capital Commission — Working together on projects like the Canadian Trail Care Crew, and providing pro-bono consulting services in Gatineau Park. IMBA Canada also added the Trans Canada Trail to our list of national partners in 2010, signing a Memorandum of Understanding with them in June.

10. Grew our team of trail advocates

2010 has been a big year for capacity building for IMBA Canada. Not only have we added more programs to our Canadian offer, but we hired three new full time staff, including a communications coordinator, bringing our team to eight and giving us more clout in the Canadian trails community.