Help us take care of our trails!

Take Care of your Trails is a coordinated campaign to promote volunteer-based trail maintenance events happening across Europe from 6th of April to the 5th of May 2019.

The aim of the campaign is to highlight the quality and quantity of trail repair work that is happening across European mountain biking communities and to get more people involved in helping out with the maintenance of their local trails.  We are looking for organisers of existing or new trail maintenance groups to sign up and run a trail maintenance event in the campaign month. Volunteers of all ages and abilities will hit their local trails to take part in the event.

What does our group

Need to offer

We’ve developed some basic event criteria in order for your event to qualify to be included in the campaign:

  • The event needs to be either hosted by the landowner or you should have prior permission from the landowner to undertake your trail repair session.
  • You should ensure that you have the necessary insurance in place to run your event.
  • You should ensure that you have an appropriately experienced or qualified leader for your event.
  • You should ensure that you have sufficient leaders based on the size of your group. We would recommend a 1:6 ratio for any work which is requiring use of hand-tools.
  • You should ensure that you have adequate First Aid provision to meet the needs of the group and work location.
  • You should ensure that you complete a volunteer sign-in sheet prior to commencing work. This should include names and emergency contact numbers.
  • You should ensure that volunteers are adequately briefed prior to the event and adequately supervised during the event.
  • You should ensure that you have a range of tasks planned to suit the ages and experience levels of your group e.g. litter picking for those without experience or appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • If you are running a session which is offered to children or young people (under 18) your group should have the necessary child protection measures in place or be clear that any children or young people who wish to attend will need to be accompanied by a supervising responsible adult.

How to

register a group

The form will take you through all relevant information – including the day(s) you are taking part and what you are planning to do. Please complete the registration by noon on Friday 29th March 2019. Groups responding after this date will still be included but will miss the benefit of being part of the launch.

What happens

after registering

Your event will be added to the ‘Take Care of Your Trails’ map on this website, along with your event link for volunteers to register and contact details. Before the weekend we’ll also send you editable posters, details of any prizes for trail crews to win and volunteer sign-up sheets.

We recommend that you manage local promotion and promote your event to your existing volunteers & through your social media channels. The campaign will go live week the first weekend of April 2019 until the first weekend of May 2019.
We’ll arrange a series of press releases detailing all events taking place as part of the campaign and provide updates during the campaign month. If your group is a registered club, foundation or other non-profit organisations, you’re eligible to apply for a kick-starter grant for your local project. Specialized is organizing a bike raffle at the Specialized Trail Days in Italy of which all proceeds flow back into local trail projects. Use this application form to submit your project. Application deadline is May 7th.

What will happen

after the event

After your event, we will ask you to provide the number of volunteers that participated at your trail repair, build or clean-up session and the approx. number of hours they worked on the site. That will give us a good indication of the impact of the campaign (something we will highlight towards municipalities, land managers, Nat. Park authorities etc.). Due to the new GDPR directives, we won’t ask you to provide names of the volunteers but instead, we kindly ask you to provide a group picture of all volunteers.

We’ll also arrange press coverage after the event, including the total number of groups and volunteers and the country that won the title Best Mountain Bike Community Europe 2019. The national coordinator of the winning country will receive the award at the IMBA Europe Summit in Silkeborg, Denmark on the 11th of May.