Over the past year there has been a lot of discussion over some of the decisions the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) has made regarding it’s shaky stance on supporting the Sustainable Trails Coalition effort to allow the (limited) use of mountain bikes in the Wilderness and, separately, the place of e-bikes on trails. As of right now, IMBA is opposed to allowing mountain bikes in wilderness areas as well as supporting e-bikes on trails reserved for non-motorized travel. You can read more about this here.
So what is AMBA’s position? AMBA’s board members believe that it’s important to have a national organization representing mountain bikers and that IMBA has been a positive force for mountain biking, mountain bikers and their causes. However, reflecting the national debate, the board is divided on the issues of wilderness access and e-bikes. Some board members believe that as the national advocacy group, IMBA’s role is to fight for access for mountain bikers (including Wilderness Areas) while others believe that the current laws and policies regulating Wilderness should remain unchanged. Given that, we encourage our members to democratically and monetarily support your position on this matter in a constructive manner. To that end we have developed the following option.
As a compromise, AMBA now offers members the option of supporting AMBA with or without supporting IMBA. Members can now join either through IMBA, and a portion of their membership fees will stay with IMBA or; members can now join directly here where all of their fees will go directly to AMBA and support mountain biking in the Albuquerque area. The choice is yours.