NCC releases results of two-year study on mountain biking in Gatineau Park

For Immediate Release: 5-18-10
Contact: Rachael Raven
IMBA Canada Communications Coordinator

The National Capital Commission (NCC) recently released findings of a two-year survey on mountain biking in Gatineau Park. Conducted by Ipsos-Reid, the in-person survey was given to more than 350 mountain bikers on various trails in the Park, just north of Ottawa.

Some of the NCC’s findings include:

  • Only two per cent of respondents are members of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), and three per cent are members of the Ottawa Mountain Biking Association (OMBA).
  • One in five mountain bikers (21%) say they have ridden unofficial trails in the Park.
  • Three in five bikers (61%) said they have been riding in Gatineau Park for five or more years.
  • Half of all respondents rated themselves as having an intermediate skill level.
  • Three in five (62%) said they rode once a week, or less.
  • Three quarters of respondents were men, with an average age of 36 years old.
  • Respondents were split geographically—about half lived on the Ontario side.

Find out more about the survey’s findings on the NCC site. For further information regarding the research findings, please contact research-recherche [at] ncc-ccn [dot] ca.

IMBA Canada and the NCC

IMBA Canada has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the NCC, and is working to improve mountain bike opportunities in the National Capital Region, including Gatineau Park.

Photo courtesy of the NCC