Public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy.
Successful trail systems involve collaboration between land managers, volunteer groups, and other local stakeholders, such as businesses, private landowners, environmental organizations and community leaders. AMBA's approach to advocacy and organizing is based on building coalitions amongst players like these.
The most fruitful partnerships include mutual agreements between stakeholders to enhance a trail system, improve its management, or simply resolve the conflicts that sometimes arise on trails that are beloved by all. Good partnerships are more than the sum of their parts—they allow diverse groups to come together and create capacity that simply wouldn’t exist without that cooperation.
Mountain biking is undoubtedly a popular activity for many people for many reasons. Support comes in many forms, most traditionally through “sweat equity” swinging a tool building and maintaining trails. While trail work continues to be an important component to successful mountain biking destinations, so does advocacy. AMBA supports advocacy that promotes responsible mountain bike use of public lands and encourages partnerships and coalitions as a means to achieve desired outcomes for all parties.
So what exactly is advocacy? It takes many forms and is not always cut and dry... sound intimidating? It doesn’t have to be.
Have questions about an upcoming project or initiative by local land managers? Contact AMBA and we will do our best to provide you the tools to get involved.
AMBA will also periodically post information on events and opportunities for your voice to be heard. Stay tuned!