The Boulder Mountainbike Alliance's mission is to serve as a positive voice for mountain biking in Boulder County, Colorado by improving the trail experience for all users through social rides and events, advocacy, and trail building."
Great communities build trails, and great trails build community.
To fullfill this mission, the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance works towards three major goals:
Create a Community of Mountain Bikers: Part of creating sustainable trails is ensuring that there will always be a community around to care for and advocate for those trails. BMA can't do its job without a community of bikers who understand and support our mission. And we build that community around a shared love of trails, then back it up with fun social events and group rides.
BMA benefits from strength in numbers. Trail agencies listen when BMA can show it represents the vast number of mountain bikers in Boulder County. No matter how many riders regularly use the trails, we are always asked one question, "How many paid members does BMA have?" Luckily, we have a large and active community, with membership numbers that continue to grow and impress. Each and every membership helps us achieve our goals. If you are not already a member, please consider signing up today. Your voice matters.
Advocate for Trail Access: Originally established in 1991 as the Boulder Offroad Alliance (BOA), Boulder Mountainbike Alliance was formed in response to the closure of nearly every trail in the Boulder area to mountain bikes. This group became the only representative organization for mountain bikers who wanted the right to ride legally in Boulder again.
BMA has made great strides toward achieving better trails for Boulder County, achieving numerous advocacy successes, but there's always more to do, we rely on your help to do it. Check out the issue advocacy section to learn more.
Build and Maintain Trails: Our goal isn't to create as many trails as possible. Instead, our aim is to create quality trails that are both fun and sustainable, trails that will pass on our love of singletrack to future generations. BMA has developed a small army of crew leaders trained in sustainable trail building design and maintenance, and every year enlists our members and fans to work on the trails we love to ride, donating thousands of volunteer hours to the trails in Boulder County.
BMA members are young and old, professionals and students, parents and neighbors. The only tie that binds BMA members is an absolute love of trails, and the belief that together we can make things better. We believe that to be the voice of the mountain bike community, we also need to be the muscle. That's why BMA donates thousands of volunteer trailwork hours every year. Since 1991, BMA has contributed 35,000 hours of labor on trail projects, with an estimated value exceeding $500,000. BMA's Mountain Bike Patrol assists and educates mountain bikers, and helps out any trail users in need, adding an additional 2,000 volunteer hours in 2010 alone. The BMA community raised over $500,000 in support of Valmont Bike Park, and BMA has received numerous accolades for our hard work, including the Boulder County Land Conservation Partnership Program Award.
BMA is now an IMBA Chapter:
But what does this mean? Does BMA lose its local identity? Will all my money go to IMBA? Are you selling out? NO!
What this means is that BMA is growing.
A partnership with IMBA allows us to grow thoughtfully, and leverage the resources and expertise of a national organization. Being part of IMBA's national network of almost 200 other chapters gives us access to a larger movement to build and protect trails, and get more people on bikes.
We're better together than we are apart. Mountain bikers no longer have to join both IMBA and BMA and can now support local and national advocacy with one membership.
Other perks of becoming an IMBA Chapter:
- With IMBA's support, BMA will be recruiting an Executive Director.
- IMBA has a dedicated region director for Colorado and Wyoming who will help BMA with non-profit management, fundraising, local and regional advocacy, and gaining more support for trail projects.
- IMBA provides professional staff and services to support administrative tasks, freeing up BMA's time to build local trails, host social events, and plan local projects.
- BMA can leverage IMBA connections and resources at the state and federal level.
- BMA receives preferred status for grant-based funding and professional trail consulting.
AND, BMA is now officially a 501(c)3, which means that every contribution you make to BMA is tax-deductible. We're very excited about all this news, and promise to continue to advocate for a strong mtb community, and an awesome mtb experiences around Boulder County!
BMA is a non-profit organization registered in the State of Colorado, and can accept donations as a 501(c)3 nonprofit.