There is a very strong undercurrent within some circles (including a lot of incoming NIMBYS) that access should only be for horses and walkers. They have money, time, access to the ear of the PPA and they are organinsed far better than us. We really need well funded representation.
Well, we appear to have Ride Sheffield and a somewhat inactive IMBA. Thing is, representative lobbying bodies tend to be built around clubs or communities - The Ramblers are based on numerous local rambling clubs, ditto the equestrian groups, the BMC originally on climbing clubs etc.
Mass participation mountain biking is pretty much an internet era thing, the social model is different: tends to be small groups of mates or people who've met through forums like this rather than organised mountain biking clubs with a central, coordinating body.
For a group to be well funded, it needs members prepared to pay to be a part of it and other donations. IMBA didn't do so well as a mass group in the UK though, who's fault is that?
I'm not sure it's about being well funded anyway. The impression that BBC documentary gave was not that they were well funded, just that they were organised and, being mostly retired, had a lot of time on their hands.
Derbyshire CC says that the origin of the legal challenge which was at the heart of the Stanage work was from 'a member of the public' rather than a lobbying organisation btw.
Maybe IMBA was just too early in the game? Maybe the way mountain biking is organised (ie not organised) in the UK means a representative body is a pipe dream? I see it a bit like the numerous advocates of virtual violence on here: it's easy to threaten bike thieves, car drivers, anyone else with good beating from behind your computer screen - and pretty unpleasant too - but in real life it will never happen most of the time.
Likewise, mountain biking representatives. Oh, finally, fwiw, the motorised recreation vehicle people seem pretty well organised - LARA etc - and it doesn't seem to have helped them overmuch. My impression is that the Peak Park authority etc, will do pretty much what it chooses to eventually.