years of advocacy
The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is the worldwide leader in mountain bike advocacy, and the only organization in the U.S. focused entirely on trails and access, for all types of mountain bikers in all parts of the country. Since 1988, we have taught and encouraged low-impact riding, grassroots advocacy, sustainable trail design, innovative land management practices and cooperation among trail user groups. IMBA U.S. is a national network of local groups, individual riders and passionate volunteers working together for the benefit of the entire community.
From large metropolitan areas to small rural communities and every place in between, trails enhance quality of life, provide economic benefits and help create community. Trails close to home are more equitable and accessible, inspiring more riders to take up the lifelong habit we love. We know all of this because we have been a part of making these things happen worldwide for 30 years, and we want to make sure it happens in more places, more rapidly. Everyone deserves a place to ride.
IMBA is committed to a values-driven culture within our organization. These values guide our commitments to our neighbors, the land, responsible riding, and sustainable trails.
Our work supports communities, wellness, economies, and public lands for present and future generations. We support mountain biking communities to bring people together, to keep neighbors healthy, to diversify and strengthen economies, and to protect and expand outdoor spaces.
We share a responsibility to protect our natural environment for its intrinsic value and so communities can cherish the great outdoors. We ensure mountain biking is an environmentally low-impact activity that aids in protecting and enjoying open space, and we promote sustainable trails to minimize impacts on the environment, natural resources, and wildlife.
We promote equity and inclusion in mountain biking and work toward increased trail access to ease entry into the sport. We recognize a strong community must be a diverse community—we encourage, embrace and celebrate diversity and inclusion. We want everyone to experience the joy of mountain biking.
Collaborations are vital to our success. We are proud to partner with trail champions to support their vision, tenacity, and journey toward more and better trails. We are inspired by working with local organizations on shared values and common goals that will change lives by building welcoming and inclusive mountain biking communities.
IMBA develops its Six Rules of the Trail and yield triangle to encourage responsible riding. Adopted by land managers nationwide, they help ease fears about allowing bike access to multi-use trails and are still in use, today.
The Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew is established. For 19 years, it educates thousands of mountain bikers and clubs on how to organize around, advocate for and sustainably build great trails across the U.S.
IMBA secures high-level cooperation agreements with the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service, and meets with President Clinton to promote mountain biking on public lands.
IMBA launches its chapter program, establishing formal partnerships with hundreds of bike clubs nationwide. IMBA’s region directors spread out across the U.S. to directly serve the needs of local mountain bikers.
2018A New Era
IMBA begins its 30th year with a renewed focus on education, community building, serving mountain bike groups and reaching all mountain bikers through programs like IMBA Local, Trail Labs, and a focus on more trails close to home.
A love of riding trails brought us together. Our passion for protecting and enhancing them keeps us together. Join us in supporting the future of mountain biking by joining IMBA today. Thanks, stay rad!Meet our team