NEMBA BLM Statement

Friday, June 26, 2020

The New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) acknowledges the systemic racism that still exists in the US and its effects on our sport. We stand in support of the Black community and other communities that have not felt safe, equal, and included.

Mountain biking is a sport with a striking lack of diversity. While NEMBA has made progress in our efforts to be more inclusive of women, we acknowledge that we have not put enough focus on being inclusive of Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color. Our mission is to promote the best that mountain biking has to offer, steward the trail systems where we recreate, and preserve open space. To fulfill that mission, we must work toward making the sport, trails, and open space accessible to all.

NEMBA needs to work to increase diversity in mountain biking. NEMBA needs to work on developing partnerships that create pathways into mountain biking for communities that don’t have mountain biking opportunities. We want to focus on inclusion and diversity in our positions of leadership, and throughout our organization. Most importantly, we acknowledge that our sport has not always been welcoming to beginners and this stands as a barrier to entry to many diverse groups.  We need to change that culture within our own organization and among our membership.

NEMBA is always open to your input: if you have an idea about how NEMBA can be effective in our efforts at promoting diversity and inclusivity in mountain biking, please send it in to ideas@nemba.org. We are fundamentally a grassroots, volunteer-based organization and we welcome your suggestions and your efforts to help us bring about the changes we all want to see.