Friday, April 14, 2017

PAMBA Great Local Organization

Metamora Herald PAMBA
photo courtesy of PAMBA

PAMBA (Peoria Area Mountain Bike Association) was founded in April 2000, and since then they have accomplished so much with the local parks. In the late 1990’s, there were issues for the mountain bikers in the area with trail upkeep, new trails being built and safety. Mountain bikers needed a united voice to be heard on these matters, thus PAMBA was created. They worked with the park managers and IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) and IMBC (Illinois Mountain Bike Coalition) to come to an agreement to make mountain biking more accessible and safe. 

Volunteers working on a bridge at BPP, photo courtesy of PAMBA

What does a mountain bike group have to do with parks? Well, quite a bit actually. They have built permanent fixtures such as bridges and retaining walls, new trails that are built with standards of sustainability, and a Jump Track. According to The PAMBA website, “Peoria was named one of National Geographic’s 100 Adventure Cities, primarily due to our mountain bike trail network.” That is pretty cool, right?

PAMBA would like you to join them this spring, by becoming a member of their mountain biking group. If you are interested in helping with the upkeep of trails and other maintenance, it is really easy to sign up and become a member. The cost $20.00 for an individual and $30.00 for a family. If you enjoy nature, mountain biking and meeting new people, this is the group for you.

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