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    We Matter!!

    Shimano & IMBA release economic study about mountain biking


    The International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) and Shimano American Corporation released a new document titled "The Economics and Benefits of Mountain Biking" this week at the US National Bike Summit in Washington, DC.

    "We want legislators, policy makers and the public to understand how significant mountain biking is to both the economy and to keeping people healthy," said Kozo Shimano. "To put the activity in perspective, 50 million Americans ride a mountain bike – more than one and a half times the number of people who play golf."

    The study reports that one in five Americans aged 16 and over ride a mountain bike, and contribute US$26 billion annually to the American economy while enjoying the sport. The benefits go beyond recreation. A recent cost benefit analysis concluded that every dollar invested into trails corresponded to almost three dollars in direct medical benefit, and The World Health Organization has recommended riding a bike as a way to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.



    Scientific research has also shown mountain biking to be a low impact, environmentally sustainable activity with no more impact on natural resources than hiking, and far less than many other recreational activities.

    IMBA Executive Director Mike Van Abel highlighted the role of mountain bikers as conservationists who volunteer their time, labor and money to protect the natural and cultural resources where they ride. "From the beginning, IMBA members have embraced a stewardship ethic that benefits conservation of our natural lands and waters," said Van Abel. "This timely publication shows how that conservation mindset also gives back with economic benefits."

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    Where's that article from?
    A trail that’s too difficult wouldn’t exist because it’d never be used. But, trails can exist that’re too difficult for you.

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    They say there are 50 million bikers, but how many of them ride a few times a month?

    Anyway, that's a reason to give us more trails! Screw those damn horses

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    We need a freaking lobbyist or two. We can also start eating horses like the Apache did. I like horses but I like trail access much more

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickle
    Where's that article from?

    The article was on the cyclingnews site.

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    Wait, I thought it was just a bunch of out of work hippies riding around the woods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teleken
    Wait, I thought it was just a bunch of out of work hippies riding around the woods.
    Hippies, were?

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    FREE THE TRAIL!!!!!

    Yes, why is it that a 1600lb. animal + rider have unlimited access and the right of way!! Don't have to pack out their poop (or even scoot it off the trail) Make huge ruts in the trail !!!!!!! I grew up having horses and can't stand the thought of riding one now!
    Give us a break and also give us some room on the road as well, some of us are trying to commute here!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PBR me!
    FREE THE TRAIL!!!!!

    Yes, why is it that a 1600lb. animal + rider have unlimited access and the right of way!! Don't have to pack out their poop (or even scoot it off the trail) Make huge ruts in the trail !!!!!!! I grew up having horses and can't stand the thought of riding one now!
    Give us a break and also give us some room on the road as well, some of us are trying to commute here!!!!
    Can I get an Amen Brother! I also had horses damn near my whole pre-adult life and I find the notion that bikes are harder on trails than horses absolutely asinine. Anybody who's ever moved a horse into a new pasture and watched it turn into a mud hole knows better.
    I'm making enemies faster than I can kill them!

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