Portland’s great mountain biking club, PUMP (Portland United Mountain Pedalers), has joined the “Alliance” movement among mountain biking organizations, changing its name to Northwest Trail Alliance and following in the footsteps of Seattle-based Backcountry Bicycle Trails Club’s changeover to Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance last year.
The idea here is to emphasize mountain biking’s outreach to other trail users, as well as other cycling organizations, to further access and improve image. Mountain biking is expanding, but trail access is not keeping pace. Yes there’s a lot of rogue activity by groms and others, building and extending trails in an unauthorized capacity. But to make the movement stick, mtbers will have to work with resource agencies, local governing bodies and the community at large. This takes a lot of trench work, for which we can be eternally thankful. Ally, ally! We can only win together.
More from BikePortland.org.
Copycat Update!: Scott Marlow noticed a certain similarity as well…in the logos (hat tip to Ross Cattelan for images):
Literally re-inventing the wheel:
The bike business continues to get hammered by the recession/Depression, but the good news (I think) is that bikes are outselling cars! As the Monty Python troup might put it, Always ride in the bright lane of life!
Over at BikingBis, Gene Bisbee rode up Tiger Mountain yesterday to admire the view of Mt. Rainier from the East Summit…on a fully rigid Rockhopper! That’s a “classic MTB” in the mountain biking world. Congrats Gene, and hope the ride down went, er, smoothly.