IMBA, the International Mountain Bike Association, has never really had much sway in the UK, compared to the USA, where it is revered as the saviour and facilitator of mountain bike trails everywhere. Mountain bikers in the UK have always had their 1968 Rights of Way Act legal permission to ride trails to rest on, and have also been able to benefit from the work that the horse-riding community has done to improve and upgrade footpaths and generally get bridleways made better. As such, IMBA has never really had much to offer the disparate collection of random mountain bikers in the UK.
In order to see if it can make itself more relevant to mountain bikers in Europe, and particularly in the UK, there’s a survey that IMBA has released, calling on the opinions of mountain bikers everywhere. The survey is very in-depth and covers riding on illegal trails, how willing riders would be to join advocacy groups and trailbuilding groups too. So if you want to be heard (at least by IMBA – or to tell them why they don’t seem to do anything for you, then you should fill it in. It takes about ten minutes and can be found here:
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