The Colorado Mountain Bike Coalition (CMBC) held its annual summit in Steamboat Springs on October 1, 2022. About forty people attended, including representatives from trail associations across the state and staff from Colorado Parks & Wildlife, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. The group discussed several topics over the course of the seven-hour meeting including the Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s regional partnerships initiative, trails and wildlife, growing recreational use, e-bikes, and non-system trails. The weekend wasn’t all spent in meetings and the coalition was able to get in two rides between rain showers and enjoy Friday and Saturday dinners together. 

BMA is a founding member of the coalition that now consists of 20 organizations around Colorado. BMA Executive Director Wendy Sweet serves as CMBC’s board president. The collation started loosely in 2017 and last met in Crested Butte in 2019. The CMBC picked up steam in 2021 when a core group worked to identify a mission, vision and goals and member organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). While the CMBC is not a decision-making body and doesn’t create legislation, the 2022 summit allowed mountain bike advocacy groups and land managers to share information, discuss successes and challenges, and coordinate for more and better trails and access for bikes.

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