IMBA has released the following information to ensure rider safety during the pandemic. Please take a moment to consider their recommendations.
“This morning, IMBA updated our guidelines for trail safety during this uncertain time. We are encouraging riders to stay home and stick to their neighborhoods for exercise. Right now, protecting each other is more important than mountain biking. The sooner we flatten the curve, the sooner we can all get back to riding together. Our trails will be waiting for us.
While this level of discretion might not be necessary for every community, I believe IMBA’s responsibility as a national organization is to err on the side of caution. The multitude of stay-at-home orders being announced across the country, along with some communities choosing to temporarily close parks and trails due to overcrowding, led us to these recommendations.
We have encouraged our IMBA Local Partners to make recommendations following their local government guidelines while remaining cautious, encouraging local-only riding, and prioritizing keeping all communities safe.
If appropriate, we hope you will consider sharing this FAQ with your network. We have posted this message on IMBA’s Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, or here is a sample post:
It’s never fun to stay home, but right now, it’s essential. Protecting each other is more important than mountain biking. Let’s do our part to stay close to home, safeguard communities, and slow the spread of COVID-19. The trails will be waiting for us.
We’re all in this together, and we look forward to seeing each other on the trails again soon!” -David Wiens, IMBA’s Executive Director