Respect

Respect is the third of IMBA’s four tenets that help guide our conservation and preservation efforts. IMBA cultivates Respect  for the environment by teaching environmentally responsible trail etiquette and other practices that allow us additional gains in mountain bike access and acceptance nationwide. Together in partnership with NICA we will work to Respect the environment by educating and advocating stewardship from a youth driven initiative that will teach trail etiquette to a varying degree of mountain bikers that can last a lifetime.

To earn a “Respect Tenet” student-athletes must complete Four activities within the “Respect” category. Coaches must confirm that the student successfully completed each activity. It is understood that the time and effort will vary with each of these activities, however, in general, plan on each activity varying from 1-4 hours. Please note: the acceptable activities are not limited to the examples provided. Feel free to be creative. If you are unsure if your ideas fit within the respective categories, consult your coach for additional awareness.

Acceptable Activities

1)   Building a strong connection with the environmental community

Brief description

  • Meet and greet with other environmentalists in your community. Example: Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, State Park, Local Conservation group, etc.
  • Ask your local IMBA chapter to help make these introductions, if they already have those connections.

How to guidelines

  • Connect with your local IMBA Chapter as they are typically cued into land management practices that would be of relevance to mountain bikers.
  • Reach out to your local agencies, introduce yourself and begin the relationship.
  • Interview local agencies and/or environmentally conscious groups regarding mountain biking on the local public lands and document the interview. Summarized in a one pager
  • Write an essay (500 + words) regarding how you help to preserve great mountain bike experiences.

Examples and Resources

List of IMBA Chapters

Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

US Forest Service (FS)

National Park Service (NPS)

Center on Environmental Quality (CEQ)

Local State Parks

 

2)  Treating others with respect and kindness

Brief description

  • Display consistent measures of respect and kindness when on shared use trails and with other community members.

How to guidelines

  • Demonstrate strong character by respecting the coach staff and fellow teammates.
  • Start a nomination form for your team and share those winners who display this type of behavior on social media.
  • Work with your local chapter to organize friendly competitions based around respect for the environment and each other.

Examples and Resources

 

3)  Respecting the coaching staff and fellow teammates

Brief description

  • Always respect the coaching staff and other teammates. Show your ability to help when appropriate. Work to engage both coaches and students on community environmental issues.

How to guidelines

  • Educate others on respect for the trail/leave no trace. Accomplish this by creating a poster/infographic and outline a one sheet plan as to how you will introduce your work to a group of mountain bikers.
  • Write an essay (500 + words) regarding how you help to create and enhance great mountain bike experiences.
  • Published this essay in the form of a blog.
  • Share your essay via social media.

Examples and Resources

 

4)  Expand on relationships

Brief description

  • Document affirmations of positive behavior and constructive input from within your community, example land managers, IMBA Chapter representatives, fellow student-athletes and/or coaches.

How to guidelines

  • Compile a video blog depicting those affirmations.
  • Continue to develop meaningful relationships with your local IMBA chapter/mountain bike club.
  • Join IMBA! Consider joining IMBA by way of your local chapter and write a blog piece outlining your pros and cons of joining the association.

Examples and Resources

 

Recording Activities

Once you have completed 4 activities for the Respect Category click on the Advocacy Tracking Form and log your activities.