Trail Accelerator Grant: A Case Study
Meet Peter and Janet Tempest. They have been IMBA members since 2002 and a part of IMBA's Singletrack Society since 2017. They are passionate about mountain biking, public health and riding in the Four Corners region of the United States. "I am glad IMBA is working with federal agencies on access to the backcountry and BLM land. I am hoping for reasonable use of e-bikes to allow more riders to get outside and enjoy beautiful places. I think access to good trail can have a major impact on public health," noted Peter.
Singletrack Society members are a group of leaders committed to IMBA's mission and the opportunities today to create more trails closer to communities. We asked Peter and Janet some questions about their involvement with this group.
Q: How did you get into mountain biking and what impact has it had on your life?
A: I started riding BMX bikes as a kid for transportation and exploration. I started riding fat tire bikes before good bikes were available, but my first real mountain bike was a rockhopper. Janet and I rode in Colorado and California before the trails or the bikes were really that good. Now we ride singletrack in the Four Corners area in the desert and the forest. Epic single track is a key part of my mental health.
Q: How long have you been an IMBA supporter?
A: Janet and I had a trail care crew stay in our house in Gallup NM back in 2002 or 2003. So, it has been at least 20 years.
Q: Which aspects of IMBA’s work resonate the most with you and your values?
A: Advocacy for miles and miles of single track. I think trail should be available for all, and mostly free.
Q: IMBA’s current focus is 'more trails close to home'. In your opinion, how is this shaping the future of mountain biking?
A: Everybody has to ride close to home, so it's perfect.
Q: Have you attended an IMBA Singletrack Society event? If so, describe your favorite memory.
A: Yes. It is always fun to ride singletrack in beautiful places, but the best part is the people. Janet looks forward to meeting people we have met before and it is always fun to meet more mountain bikers.
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