In May 1999 the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) conducted a postcard advocacy survey of members and non-member mountain bikers. The survey focused on overall impressions about trail access, IMBA's role in keeping trails open and the best methods for improving local mountain biking opportunities.
In sum, the majority of respondents said trail access for mountain bikers is better today than it was three, five and ten years ago. Fifty-seven percent of respondents who expressed an opinion said IMBA is playing a significant or crucial role in improving opportunities for mountain bikers. Seventy percent of respondents said there are more or the same number of trails open today as there were two years ago. Fifty-six percent of respondents said IMBA should focus on improving interaction with land managers and/or political action and lobbying. Finally, IMBA members who responded to the survey reported participating in an average of 18.8 trail work hours in 1998.