For those of you who have been wondering what the mountain bike club is up to, let me fill you in.
First the GOOD:
The BMBA is in the process of becoming an IMBA Chapter. What does that mean? First, it means that club officers don’t need to continue to fumble with memberships, renewals, and donations. All membership management will be performed by IMBA. Anyone in our area who joins IMBA via the IMBA website will automatically become a BMBA member. We will all pay a bit more to become members, but we are now members of both. The club receives the same amount as we would have when we charged $10 for a membership. All donations made to the BMBA will first go to IMBA as a non-profit 501c3 donation and will be redistributed to our account at no financial loss to the club. We are now part of a larger group who has worked tirelessly for many years to improve mountain biking around the world. Some may not agree with everything IMBA does, but you can’t find a larger organization that does more for mountain biking anywhere in the world. All club members (past and present) who had a working email on file with us will soon receive a renewal letter from IMBA Chapter organization…..the Borderland Mountain Bike Association!
Dr. Rick Bonart was ousted from his seat on the Public Service Board. Not only that, one of the new appointees does not want you to know anything that goes on with the PSB by censoring PSB board members’ speech in regards to their opinions on board decisions. The loss of Dr. Bonart could be a big hiccup in our attempt to acquire the Bowen Round House. Club members have worked very hard to make this happen and PSB CEO John Balliew seems to want this to happen, but most board members poo poo the idea of a bunch of “environmental activists” like mountain bikers having any influence in city decisions and….whoa….having any control over city property. Nevermind that the Lost Dog Trailhead has turned out to be a win win for the city and us and that it really hasn’t cost the city or taxpayer any money.
My city rep is worthless, maybe yours is too. I contacted my rep before this vote and never received a response. You are probably going to hear very little from your rep as it appears that our city government may begin some serious cloak and dagger style actions to accomplish whatever crappy goals they have in mind. Do your best to follow local politics. You can do that here as Mr. Tolbert is all about open space and outdoor recreation like hiking and mountain biking.