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    Rate Your Area's Riding With the 2005 IMBA Report Cards

    Rate Your Area's Riding With the 2005 IMBA Report Cards

    For Immediate Release
    09-16-05
    Contact: Mark Eller
    [email protected]
    303-545-9011

    It's time to grab a red pen and hand out mountain biking grades: Voting for the IMBA Mountain Bike Report Card is underway. IMBA's Report Card presents a letter-grade (A through F) analysis of singletrack riding opportunities, trailbuilding achievements and advocacy issues. The evaluations are done by U.S. State, as well as Canadian Provinces and a nation-by-nation analysis. Be sure to weigh in on the riding near you!

    The process begins with voting by IMBA members. Input from club leaders, state reps and IMBA staff also factors into the final grades. At the end of the polling period (Oct. 15), IMBA will tally the results and present them in Trail News, as well as an online report.

    In the 2004 report, West Virginia received the highest mark due to boundless riding opportunities, a dedicated network of IMBA-affiliated clubs and strong support among government agencies. New Jersey's often-crowded trails, strong anti-mountain biking opponents and trail-user conflicts put the Garden State at the bottom of the curve. (Cheer up, Jersey-ites: Indiana got the lowest grade in 2003, but rallied by a full letter grade notch the Most Improved category in 2004.)

    Internationally, in 2005 British Columbia will be going for a three-peat as the world's ultimate mountain biking destination. Scotland received last year's People's Choice award, but will face stiff competition from around the globe in this year's poll.

    Vote here: http://www.imba.com/news/news_releas...port_card.html

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    The Jersey Off Road Biking Assoc (www.JORBA.org) is working hard for Most Improved!

    JORBAs chapters are working very hard in the areas of trail maintenance and new riding opportunties and its our dedicated riding community that makes it happen. Turnout and enthusiam has been impressive.

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    Talk about a very general poll. How about questions like, How many trails do you have within a half hour from where you live? Are there more trails on in other parts of your state? What is your area code? Are the trails within a half hour of your home beginer trails or advanced trails? Do you see trail access staying the same or improving? These questions would provide a much more detailed map of each state.

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    I thought the same thing. 2 simple questions does not really indicate the true quantity and quality of riding in a given state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mergs
    I thought the same thing. 2 simple questions does not really indicate the true quantity and quality of riding in a given state.
    The online portion is only one part of what is taken into account to determine the grade. From a previous report card:

    "To minimize the subjectiveness of the Report Card, final grades were tabulated using a new formula that takes into account many factors, including strength of local organizations, percent of trails open, relations with land managers and other user groups, and overall threat. We solicited input from our network of representatives, field experts and staff. We also used results from an online poll of IMBA members."

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    Quote Originally Posted by imbawebguy
    The online portion is only one part of what is taken into account to determine the grade. From a previous report card:

    "To minimize the subjectiveness of the Report Card, final grades were tabulated using a new formula that takes into account many factors, including strength of local organizations, percent of trails open, relations with land managers and other user groups, and overall threat. We solicited input from our network of representatives, field experts and staff. We also used results from an online poll of IMBA members."
    yep, from talking to our state imba rep, he mentioned he will be compiling a chapter summary and forwarding it to imba. based on that i can see where each states' imba rep report might have an impact here. and probably more meaningful data to gleen than the online report.

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