Advocacy and Organizing

Successful trail systems involve collaboration between land managers, volunteer groups, and other local stakeholders, such as businesses, private landowners, environmental organizations and community leaders. IMBA's approach to advocacy and organizing is based on building coalitions amonst players like these.

The most fruitful partnerships include mutual agreements between stakeholders to enhance a trail system, improve its management, or simply resolve the conflicts that sometimes arise on trails that are beloved by all. Good partnerships are more than the sum of their parts—they allow diverse groups to come together and create capacity that simply wouldn’t exist without that cooperation.

The web resource in this section help explain the importance of partnerships: how to form them, and describe how successful partnerships have allowed mountain bikers, land managers, and other stakeholders to work together to create some of the most exciting trail systems in the world.